Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Of course, almost all of the Christmas cards are addressed to the whole family. Usually, the only Christmas cards that my brother and I would get addressed to each of us would be cards from our grandparents. I say usually because from the age of eight until I was in high school, I used to receive a Christmas card from the family of the then Governor of Michigan. How did I get on his mailing list? Well, when I was in the third grade, the Governor Engler's wife gave birth to three daughters, and I wrote a little letter congratulating the Governor and his wife after reading about it in the newspaper. I received a card back from the Governor's family. My little letter probably wasn't read, but for an eight year old, getting a card back in response meant a lot. (I don't remember that if I also received a Christmas card that year because the daughters, if I remember correctly, were born in the middle of November. Either way, it doesn't matter.)
I may be old-fashioned, but I love sending and receiving Christmas cards. And if I had any time, I would rather write letters than to send e-mails. (But that is for another post.)
On Christmas morning, before my brother and I open our presents or have breakfast, we have to take our two dogs out. For the past couple of years, my mom has made a special French toast for breakfast, and it is delicious. Other than that, I don't believe my family has any unique dishes for Christmas.
So, what have I done to confirm or disprove the information on the tree? I have used obituaries, passport applications, passenger ship lists, marriage records and death certificates. Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list, but as I am still working on determining where most of my German ancestors came from, I'm still looking for more records.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
- Destination: Austin Family
- Where am I from?
You can find these and other blogs on the lower left side of the page. Any suggestions for other genealogy or history blogs are welcome.
There are a couple of ornaments that I treasure because they were made by my great-grandmothers. Neither of my great-grandmothers are still alive, so these ornaments that were made to them are precious to me because they are one of the last links to my ancestors. All of the rest of the ornaments are commercial-made. My family has never strung popcorn and cranberries on our tree probably because it would have been too messy. Instead, we string Christmas tree lights around the tree.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
As you can see, the three flags are the flags of my heritage.
- "Military Naturalization Records - Finding a Soldier Ancestor" at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. This article is on naturalization records for Civil War soldiers. I've noticed a notation in one census record for a Civil War soldier's naturalization as 1862. It may be possible that the 1862 date might be referring to this act instead.
- "Civil War Hero Ancestor Makes Front Page" at Miriam's blog.
- "Oral and Photo Histories Sought" at Jasia's blog. Again, this is another article on Michigan, and this time it is a call for family histories. If you have connections to Livonia, Michigan, this would be a good article to read.
- "More Minnesota News: Soldier Identified After 144 Years? Maybe ..." at Craig Manson's blog. Again, this is another article that deals with the Civil War.
- "Detective Work: A Misplaced Headstone" at Craig Manson's blog. This article deals with the tombstone of a World War One Veteran.
- "Finding Local History Buried in the Past" at Randy Seaver's blog. This article is a summery of a California newspaper article.
These articles are ones that I thought were interesting. If I have missed any interesting article, please let me know. Enjoy!
Monday, November 26, 2007
You can choose more than one answer for this poll. The poll will close in about two weeks. Enjoy!
On another note, I will not be posting very many articles this week primarily because I am busy with school work.
- Poland - 2 votes
- Russia - 3 votes
- Lithuania - 0 votes
- Estonia - 0 votes
- Latvia - 0 votes
- Ukraine -1 vote
To those who voted, thank you for voting. At least two or three more polls will be posted in the future, so keep an eye out for them. Enjoy!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
For as long as I can remember, my parents have always had an artificial Christmas tree. My grandparents, on the other hand, have always had a real Christmas tree. Either way, the trees that my family had have been around six or seven feet tall - probably the average height for a Christmas tree. Of course, the trees couldn't be any taller than that because the height of the ceilings in the houses my parents and grandparents used to live in were probably no higher than eight feet. In short, the ceilings were pretty low. (I have to estimate the heights here because I do not remember what the height of the ceilings were of the house I used to live in. I'm just recalling this from my memory, so the height could be incorrect.)
When I was a young child, my parents mainly decorated the tree. If my brother or I did any decorating, it was in helping hang ornaments on the tree. As my brother and I got older, we participated more in helping put the tree together and decorating the tree. By the time I was a teenager, my brother and I probably did most of the decorating of the tree, and putting the tree together. (Our dad would still help in putting the tree together, as my brother and I were still not tall enough to put the top on.) One year, I believe, if I remember correctly, I put up the tree all by myself, and I also strung all of the lights on the Christmas tree. Everyone else ended up putting ornaments on the tree the next day. Since I have gone to college, I haven't helped as much in putting up the tree because I have been busy with school work. I didn't put help with the tree this year primarily because I had school work that I had to do.
- Miriam's "A Thanksgiving Hymn"
- Randy Seaver's "The Pilgrim's Thanksgiving in 1621"
- Terry Thornton's "Eatin' Outa the Bully Bucket and Other Reasons to be Thankful"
I realize that is not a large list of articles. I have been very busy lately with school work, and these were the articles that I noticed the most. If I have missed any other articles, please feel free to let me know. Thanks. Enjoy!