Book of Me: What do you enjoy?

What do you enjoy?

I enjoy a good mystery – from watching crime shows on t.v., to reading a thrilling mystery novel, to hunting down missing members of my family tree.  The hobbies I enjoy most all seem to have mystery in common.  I suppose it goes to my enjoyment of solving a good puzzle because I also enjoy logic problems and Sudoku.

Every problem has a solution, and I like to find the answers to them.

When it comes to genealogy in particular, I can be quite dedicated to my search when I’m on the hunt of a missing ancestor.  My husband would tell you I get obsessed, tunnel-visioned, overly focused.  He’s a true genealogy-widow at times.  I feel like my family history is my real life mystery to solve and it satisfies for me the desire to case a good mystery to solve.

I’ve found a couple of “interesting” things in my family tree, some of which I have yet to share with my extended family because they are the skeletons in the family closet.  They were mysteries I didn’t know needed solving until I found the answers.  In other cases, I’ve solved the origins of the first family who came from Ireland, which was a brick wall for years and years.  I still have couple of mysteries that I don’t know if I will ever be able to solve – the cases of the missing fathers – two men who both went “missing” within a couple of years of each other, leaving their wives to raise their children alone.  One supposedly died in a fall of the ferry in NY harbor, and one likely walked away to never be seen or heard from again.

So, for me, I enjoy the hunt for answers to questions about my past and to the world around me.

Book of Me: What do you look like?

What do you look like?

I look like my mother, but with my father’s coloring. The more I age, the more my face morphs into hers.  At times it’s unsettling to look in the mirror or at a photo because her face jumps out of me.  It’s especially apparent when looking at me in profile.

When my mom passed away almost 19 years ago now, I didn’t see the resemblance quite as readily.  I always thought I looked more like my father’s side of the family, but maybe that’s because my hair/eye coloring dominates my appearance.  But as I watch myself age, it’s in the smaller details that she shines through in my features.

  • The shape of my nose
  • The roundness of my face
  • The way my eyebrows arch
  • The height of my forehead
  • The shape of my chin
  • The height of my cheekbones

It’s haunting to look at a picture of myself and see someone I miss so dearly looking back at me.

Book of Me: Who Am I?

Who Am I? List 20 things that describe you

  1. Sarcastic/snarky
  2. Ambitious
  3. Driven
  4. Intelligent
  5. Problem-solver
  6. Wine drinker
  7. Dog lover
  8. Mystery lover
  9. Hard worker
  10. Direct
  11. Observant
  12. Passionate
  13. Competitive
  14. History lover
  15. Avid reader
  16. Researcher and writer
  17. Results-Oriented
  18. Quick learner/Life-long learner
  19. Wearer of my heart on my sleeve
  20. An open emotional book


Prompt courtesy of Angler’s Rest:

Isaiah Golden – Death Index and Obituary

Isaiah Golden - ObituaryIsaiah Golden died on July 21, 1911 at his home at 79 Somers Street in Brooklyn, at the age of 87.  In his obituary, his cause of death was noted as “complication of diseases”.  At the time of his death, he was retired, and had been a resident of the Eastern District of Brooklyn for 60 years.  His obituary confirmed his birth in West Farms, Westchester County, on March 4, 1824.  It details his long-time membership in the Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church on Humboldt Street in Brooklyn. At the time of his death, his wife Susanna, three daughters and three sons were still living (Harriet “Hattie” Travis, Emma Alden, Mary Dunn, Eugene, Alfred and Edward).  In addition to his wife and children, he was survived by fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.[1]


New York, New York, Death Index

Isaiah Golden

Age: 87

Birth Year: about 1824

Death Date: 21 July 1911

Death Place: Kings, New York

Certificate Number: 14473

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York, 24 July 1911, Page 3, “Obituary”

Isaiah Golden

Isaiah Golden, a retired cooper, for many years in business on old Ewen street, and a resident of the Eastern District for sixty years, died on Friday at his residence, 79 Somers street, of a complication of diseases.  He was born at West Farms, Westchester County, N.Y., March 4, 1824, and was one of the oldest members of the Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church on Humboldt street.  He is survived by a widow, Susanna Grow; three daughters, Mrs. George Alden, Mrs. Cornelius Travis, and Mrs. Peter l. Dunn; three sons, Eugene, Alfred and Edward; fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

[1] “Isaiah Golden,” Index to New York City Deaths 1862-1948, New York: New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives, New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948 [database online], Operations, Inc., 2014.

“Obituary: Isaiah Golden,” The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, NY, Page 3, July 24, 1911,, 2017.

Isaiah Golden – Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church Membership

Isaiah and Susanah Golden were members of the Old Bushwick Reformed Church, a congregation of the Dutch Reformed Church.  They were received into the congregation on April 10, 1898 by method of confession.  According to the church record, they eventually left the church, but the date and circumstances of their departure was not noted.[1]

Isaiah Golden - Old Bushwick Reformed Church

Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church

The Church was located on the corner of Conselyea and Humboldt Streets in Brooklyn, with Old Woodpoint Road and Skillman Avenue bounding the church on the other sides of the building.  This was just two blocks from the family home and business. Originally founded in 1654 in the Dutch settlement of Bushwick (“Boswyck”), the church was remodeled and added on to in both 1711 and 1829.  The church was disbanded in 1919, with the building demolished. [2]  The land was eventually sold the Roman Catholic Church, and S. Francis of Paola Roman Catholic Church now stands on the site.  The records from the church were lost in part, when a city janitor used the papers to start fires in the furnace at Brooklyn City Hall.[3]


As early as 1909, citizens of Brooklyn were trying to save the church, stating “…we should remember that this church building is the only connecting link in the Eastern District between the dim past and the present.  Other cities carefully guard old landmarks, and try to preserve them for the benefit of later generations.  Why not spare this venerable structure and extend Bushwick Avenue through Woodpoint Road in a trifling curve around the church?”[4]  The church has been struggling in the years before it disbanded because the neighborhood had changed significantly, as mainly Italian Catholics had moved into the area.[5]

The first church built on the property was octagonal in shape with a high roof, characterized as “resembling a haystack”.  When initially built, it was an open enclosure, without pews for the congregation, who would bring their own seats to church.  In 1795, pews and a gallery were added.  Eventually the original church was replaced with a more modern building in 1829, and then further remodeled in 1876.  In 1878, a school building was added to the property.  At first the church has a squatter’s claim to the property, until a bill passed in Albany in 1800 gave them ten acres in the village of Bushwick.  The school building was the first to be sold off to the Polish Catholic Church.[6]



Old Bushwick Reformed Church: 1 July 1909, Page 56

GOLDEN, ISAIAH, Received 10 April 1898 by Confession, Remarks Left

GOLDEN, SUSANAH S., Wife, Received 10 April 1898 by Confession, Remarks Left


[1] The Archives of the Reformed Church in America; New Brunswick, New Jersey, Bushwick Church, Church Register, 1789-1914, US Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995, Provo, UT, Operations Inc., 2016.

[2] “Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1713-1817,”

“Brooklyn Reformed Dutch Church Records,”

“Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church Remembered,”

[3] “Dutch Records of Old Bushwick Used to Light Fires in Brooklyn City Hall,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 21 April 1918, Page 9,

Google Map view of Conselya & Humbolt, Brooklyn,,-73.9426813,3a,90y,1.24h,88.25t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdChenISveKNuGko8yOgXQA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

[4] Letter from Eugene Armbruster to the Editor of the Brooklyn Times, September 11, 1909, reprinted in “Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church Remembered,”

[5] “Old Bushwick Church: Dutch Reformed Society There Will Soon Be 250 Years Old,” New York Tribune, 31 January 1904, Page 10,

[6] “Dutch Records of Old Bushwick Used to Light Fires in Brooklyn City Hall,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 21 April 1918, Page 9,

“Old Bushwick Church: Dutch Reformed Society There Will Soon Be 250 Years Old,” New York Tribune, 31 January 1904, Page 10,