Saturday, February 16, 2008

Light Blogging ...

I probably won't be posting very much this upcoming week. I'll be busy.

Friday, February 15, 2008

My Family and the Great Depression ...

Obviously, I was not around when the Great Depression occurred, but some of my family was. So, where was my family during the Great Depression?

Well, a some of my ancestors and family were living in the Detroit area. Other ancestors were living in England. As to the experiences of my ancestors in the U. K., I don't know very much about their experiences.

As for my American ancestors, I have a much better idea of what they experienced. I won't go into details as to what their experiences were like in this post. All I will say is that it was a time of struggle for my family members. Having enough to eat was more important than passing down family stories, as life was very difficult. I can't completely comprehend what life was like during the Great Depression as I never lived through it or experienced conditions similar to my ancestors. So, I truly do not have a very good sense of what life was like back then.

More Genealogy Blogs Added!

I've added a few more genealogy blogs today. The blogs added are:
  • St. Vincent Memories
  • Nikki-ann
  • CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt'

You can find these and other genealogy blogs on the lower left side of the page. Any suggestions for other genealogy or history blogs are welcome.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

More on Limericks ...

Over the past few days since I posted my limerick post, a couple of limerick posts on me have been posted in the comments section. I've been busy, so I haven't had a chance to post them before, but I will now.

The first one is from Terry:

Jessica is a student who blogs
(Wearing mittens) about some HOGS
As off to class through snow she slogs
To learn and to earn her degree.
Top priority is to study we decree ---
But at genealogy away she plugs.

The second one is from Janice:

Jessica stockpiles all the links she can muster,
Shining the best of them to a fine lustre
Quizzes, carnivals, and tips she includes in the cluster
If only she'd known of a very rich uncle
Thoughts of grad school would then not give her carbuncle
And she could master the world into which life has thrust her.

Thank you to both Terry and Janice.

Happy Valentine's Day!

I just want to wish everyone a happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Re-added Links to the Genealogy and History Thoughts Columns

I just realized in the past couple of days that my links to the Genealogy and History Thoughts columns got deleted when I changed the appearence of my blog. I am terribly sorry for any confusion that it might have caused.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Here's My Best ...

The first genealogy awards are here! I've decided to maily focus on my posts from 2007. Since I began my blog in March of 2007, I had plenty of posts to review. I'll have to admit that this was not any easy post to write. I had a hard time choosing which posts to pick. Oh, and as a side note, everyone is free to disagree with me about my choices. Please don't feel hesitant to say whether you agree with my nominations or if you believe another post was worthy of the nomination. I appreciate any feedback. So, here are my nominations:

Best Picture: I realize that we were supposed to post old family pictures, but I've decided to post the picture I took of one of my ancestor's tombstone. (Everyone is free to disagree with me. I wasn't sure which picture to pick.)

Best Screen play: I guess the best post that would fit in this category would be this post: I Am My Own - Well Not Quite ... . I am not sure who I would want to play the parts of my ancestors and relatives. I really don't know enough of any of the personalities of any of the people that I mentioned in this post. I chose this post as I believed this was the closest to a screen play that I could find. Of course, the screen play of this post would probably fall under the category of comedy.

Best Documentary: I guess the best post that would fit into this category would be this post: One Puzzle Piece I Would Like to Solve. The only way that I can make this fit into the category of documentary is if it was portrayed as a historian searching for the answer by digging into old records. I can't think of any other way to portray this post and make it fit.

Best Biography: I have to admit, I don't have a post that fits into this category. The posts that I can come closest to are either one of my history book reviews or Speaking of the Know-Nothing Party. I guess the latter choice is the best pick as this was a brief analysis of the political leanings of a county where my ancestors once lived.

Best Comedy: My choice for this category is different from all of my other choices. First of all, this post was written this year, and secondly, my choice isn't a family story but a joke. My choice is Ten Signs You're Addicted to Genealogy. I think this was probably the funniest post that I wrote, but I could be wrong. If anyone disagrees with me or has a better choice from one of my other posts, please feel free to let me know.

And so, this ends my picks for the best of the best. This was fun, and I look forward to the next genealogy awards carnival.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Just A Quick Reminder ...

I just want to quickly say that the deadline for the Carnival of Central and Eastern Genealogy is February 18. The topic is a carousel.

First Edition of Where Were You? Carnival Posted!

The first edition of the Where were you? carnival has been posted. You can read it here. The topic for the next carnival is where were you or your family was during the Great Depression. Enjoy!

Limerick Post ...

Within the past week or so, Terry Thornton has posted a challenge for other genealogy bloggers to post limericks about their blogs. I am going to attempt to come with my own limerick. So, here goes my poem:

I live in the land of the mitten
where every gets written
on my blog,
from the weather to book logs
all the while I'm sittin'.
Okay, I tried. I don't think this is very good, but this is what I came up with at the moment.

Light Blogging ...

I probably won't be posting much for the next week or so.

Blog Changes ...

I've added a list of labels for my posts. You can find them on the lower right hand side of the page below the history blogs.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Snow - Again!

It is snowing again in Michigan where I am at, and the wind is really blowing outside. It is bad out there and it is cold. A person could easily freeze out there, even if he or she is wearing layers, especially if you happen to stop and stand for a few minutes.

This has definitely been one of the wildest winters that Michigan has had in a long time.

More Genealogy Blogs Added!

Today I have added several more genealogy blogs. The blogs added are:
  • Dee's Genealogical Journey
  • Geneaphile
  • The Ballycastle Blog
  • Nevada Genealogy

You can find these and other genealogy blogs on the lower left side of the page. Any suggestions for other history or genealogy blogs are welcome.