10 November 2014

My Grandfather – George J. Stroup, Sr

Category: Life — Posted by Michael at 2108

georgestroupThank you to everyone who has asked about an obituary for my grandfather, George J. Stroup, Sr. He passed away on 6 Nov 2014 but did not want an obituary placed in any newspaper. He also did not want a funeral or viewing. We had a modest graveside ceremony for him with our immediate family.

If you are interested in sending or doing something to honor his memory, we ask that you instead make a donation in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). This is a charity that was near and dear to my grandfather’s heart.

Another more detailed post commemorating my grandfather will be coming soon.

19 October 2013

An Impressive Achievement

Category: Genealogy,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 2103

Back in April, I mentioned my cousin Kris was embarking on a hike of the entire Appalachian Trail. This week she finished her journey. Throughout the entire adventure she documented it with daily posts on her website. You can still relive her journey on her website, wayfarer.me. It makes for a fun and interesting read. Perhaps one day she’ll turn it into a book.

Congrats Kris!

05 April 2013

My Adventurous Cousin

Category: Genealogy,Interesting Links — Posted by Michael at 0954

My cousin Kris is hiking the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. (For my fellow genealogy buffs out there, she’s technically my 3rd cousin on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family… the Paulls) A simple post can’t begin to describe the journey she has embarked on. Luckily, she’s documenting the entire thing on her site at wayfarer.me. It’s definitely worth a read. Just be warned that you’ll quickly be hooked on following her daily posts.

10 August 2008

Tribute to my Father – emilgatti.com

Category: Genealogy,Life,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 0105

Emil GattiIt doesn’t seem at all possible that more than 6 months have passed since the death of my father. I’ve created memorial pages on my genealogy siteĀ for other family members, but I felt like I should make something more substantial for my Dad. What started out as a page on my family tree site has slowly evolved into emilgatti.com.

Please feel free to visit and take a look at the photos, stories, biography, etc. Then if you have anything you’d like to add about my Dad, please submit it by using the links on the site. I know that there are more stories and details to be added, but I rely on the the people who know them to share them.

Go to www.emilgatti.com for info.

30 January 2008

Thank you for your kindness

Category: Life — Posted by Michael at 2057

Words can’t even begin to tell you how difficult the past three weeks has been for my family and me. It has only been made easier by something equally indescribable. That is the overwhelming support that we’ve received from family, friends, coworkers and even folks who never even knew my father. Cards, flowers, gifts, phone calls, e-mails, dinner invitations, visits are the tangible items that we’ve received, but what we’ve really received is kindness, love and comfort.

We’ve mailed out over 100 thank you notes, but no greeting card can truly convey how thankful we are for the outpouring of support that has been bestowed upon us.

27 August 2007

and then there were 6

Category: Genealogy,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 0102

Just when I thought the Gatti family tree was up to date Debbie’s branch of the tree has sprouted yet another new leaf. OK, maybe I’m taking the tree metaphor a bit far! Please welcome Micah John Bowling to the family. He was born August 24th to Wendy and Michael Bowling.For those keeping score, that makes 6 members of Generation H of the Gatti tree, all of whom are grandchildren of Debbie and great-grandchildren of Sonny and Dot.

26 August 2007

A new member of our youngest generation

Category: Genealogy,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 0837

Welcome to the newest member of the Gatti family. Jayden John Van Houten was born to Elissa Van Houten on June 29th. Thanks to Debbie for keeping me up to date on her quickly growing branch of the tree!

30 November 2006

Victor’s Voyage

Category: Genealogy,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 2323

After a very long delay, I finally have put Victor’s tale of his adventure aboard the Ukrainian schooner Bat’kivshchyna on the family tree site. It’s an fascinating story (with photos) told by Victor as only he could tell it.

Sorry this took so long. Victor sent me the pieces this story on 3 December 2005. It’s unbelievable that it took me almost a year to get it online. Sadly, right around the time he sent it to me, the Billy Gatti problem arose and the band of adventurous Ukranians took a backseat to several mean-spirited Italians! Then life just got too busy to get to it, but better late than never!

Check it out here.

27 November 2006

A new leaf on the Gatti tree

Category: Genealogy,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 2252

I just added the latest addition to the Gatti section of the family tree site. Michael Toon married Amanda Abbott. Congrats!

13 September 2006

Luau photos

Category: Life,Photography,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 2336

I just finished posting the photos from the luau. Check them out now at www.michaelgatti.com/luau. Enjoy. If you’re in any of the photos and want an un-watermarked copy, let me know.

11 September 2006

A Hawaiian Success!

Category: Life — Posted by Michael at 2008

Mom & Dad at LuauAfter 2 months of planning and shopping and 2 days of cooking, the big Anniversary Luau was a huge success. Everything went smoothly and everyone had a great time.
Besides planning and cooking etc., I was also of course the photographer. I woking on the photos and they’ll be on the web very soon.

Thanks to everyone who made this day so special. You all helped create a day that my parents won’t soon forget.

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06 September 2006

The Luau is still on

Category: Life — Posted by Michael at 2359

Keep watching www.michaelgatti.com/luau for up to the minute status, but as of right now the luau is on as planned. The weather forecast is very promising! Apparently luck is on our side!

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02 August 2006

Another new family member

Category: Genealogy,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 1902

I just added another new family member to the Gatti branch of my family tree. Bo & Tanna Wright had a baby girl, Annika Pacie Wright. Visit the family tree site for a link to her detail page and photos.

08 April 2006

Family Tree is Back!!!

Category: Genealogy,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 1718

After several months offline, the family tree is back! It’s got a new name, a whole new look and more features than ever. It’s no longer restricted to one small part of the family, it includes all parts of the family now. Some sections are still under construction, but just keep watching because more and more will be added over time.

Some features of interest are that every detail page now has a place for external links where you can see family members’ own personal wesbites, a surname list to give you idea of what names are in my family tree data, a genealogy research resource page and more.

20 March 2006

Gattis from around the world

Category: Genealogy,Site Updates — Posted by Michael at 1819

You probably already know that I’m working on a brand new family tree website. It will be a big improvement over my previous site. Besides making better use of the technology at hand in order to make the site easier to manage and scale, I’ve also left a lot of room for additional content that I intend to add. It hasn’t launched yet, but I’m working on it finally!

As I work on it and go through all of the existing information that I already have available, I’ve realized something that is pretty amazing. My little website really does reach a world wide audience. I’ve gotten e-mails from so many people who share last nameswith people in my family. They’ve come from all corners of the United States plus countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany just to name a few. I see hits from all around the world in my site logs, but I often think that it’s probably just robots crawling my site. But the big folder of e-mails that I have from around the world tells me otherwise.

Anyway, just sharing my amazement. I’ll address this in a more formal way on the new site. If you’re a distant relative or someone who shares a surname, feel free to drop me a line or just post a comment right here in the blog.

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