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Bonnie Malmat

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Bonnie Malmat on Twitter
Bonnie Malmat on Twitter




Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Tell us a bit about your genealogy/family history journey

I started around age 19 or 20. So I’ve been at it for 43 years now. I began knowing little and have improved over time. It’s just as addictive today as it was when I was 20.

Favorite food or beverage


Surnames of interest

Adair, Amerhauser, Bamp, Baumann, Brockman, Burns/Byrnes, Caldwell, Canon, Cousins, Cowden, Faniers/Fanniger, Graham, Harkin, Harvey, Haub, Heim, Kemp, Kohanyi, Korndoppler, Krempel, Madeira, Martin, McNary, McVeigh, Meek, Millar, Munday/McLoone, Ramsey, Ring, Schaub, Schober, Teufelboess, Vascsak, Vereb, Walker, Wilcox/Willcocks and more!

If you could meet one person from your family tree that died before you were born, who would it be and why?

Only one? I could choose at least a dozen, lol.

James Caldwell: Where in the western part of Scotland were you born and what date? When and where did you marry? Was it in Scotland or in Ireland?

Genealogy pet peeve

People who accept data as gospel and post it without verifying it. Hello

Favorite place where you’ve traveled

Tough call. I’d have to say Venice, always wanted to see it and it met expectations.

From a genealogy/family history research perspective, what would you have done differently?

Talked more to the older ones while they were still alive. I might have got some answers to some mysteries. 

What are you currently working on and what’s next?

I was looking at DNA and my McVeigh family (came from “Northern Ireland,” had a son in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1851, were on the 1851 census there, then came to PA. Hoping to figure out at least the COUNTY.

Caldwell – the new records online today had me looking for them. Born in Scotland, and lived in Fermanagh and Monaghan Ireland in the 1850s, and the family moved to Belfast by 1869 (not sure if the father was with them then/still alive). There’s at least one baptism still out there (don’t know where) and I’m trying to figure out where/when the father died, and where they married. It was probably in an Episcopal church in Scotland. :/

What’s next? I flit from family to family, so whichever one next jumps to the forefront of my mind. 

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