It’s a busy time of year, so let’s cut to the chase. It’s Week 49. Only 3 more to go!
The optional theme this week was “Holidays.” (I’ll let you in on a little secret… I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping.)
Who did you write about this week? Leave a comment with a link to your post. And curl up with some hot chocolate and take a look at the entries from Week 48.
Upcoming Optional Weekly Themes:
- Week 50 (December 10-16) – Naughty
- Week 51 (December 17-23) – Nice
- Week 52 (December 24-31) – Resolution
I wrote about some of my own childhood memories of Christmas.
Schalene (JENNINGS) Dagutis
Came across an article about Great Aunt Agnes and how she celebrated Christmas in 1870 as a child in Wisconsin. It goes on to mention how she celebrated with her child in the 1890s and how she was going to celebrate this year-1965.
I wrote about Josiah Cushing, Jr. Truck vs. Train. You know how this story will end.
I first shared my GEDCOM file online on St. Nicholas Day in 2002 and am reminded every St. Nick’s day of the family and friends who have helped me along the way, researcher all my ancestors.
52 Ancestors: #49 The MAJERUS-TRAUSCH Family of Mamer
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
This is one week, I did not have a certain family or ancestor to feature…or much time to give in the way I would liked to have on the holidays theme. This is also one time that I wished I had a blog!
I shared the memory that my mother served our Thanksgiving dinners using serving dishes and utensils that once belonged to other women in the family – both grandmothers, great grandmothers, great great grandmothers, 3 generations of aunts, etc. How wonderful it was to pass around a dish that had once graced the tables when my parents were children…or even when my grandparents were children!
And second that we celebrate our immigrant ancestors and the countries from which they came during Christmas/New Year’s with our adoption of a holiday tradtion or two from each country – enriching our own traditions that have grown up here among our families in America.
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For a partial list of surnames I’m researching, check out my Ancestry profile page by searching for “pattidi123” in the member directory.
Oops! Looks like I hit the wrong reply button! My apologies to Cathy Meder-Dempsey for posting as a reply to her post!
No problem Patti!
This week I made up my own theme: “Saudade” in the sense of a terrible longing for absent family, something made even more poignant with the approaching holidays. My Norwegian/American great grandmother Anna Elton would be no stranger to this emotion throughout her life.
I continued with the “Thankful” theme in honor of a 4th great-grandmother named Thankful Chapin who married her third cousin once removed, another Chapin.
Thankful CHAPIN Chapin Torrey 1774-1854.
I wrote about my Great Aunt Dell as we always spent New Year’s Day with her watching the Rose Bowl Parade on her color TV!
No. 49 Holidays – I wrote briefly about the relatives whose birthdays were on one of these two momentous days: December 25th and January 1st.
My 3rd great grandmother Margaretha Treimer from the tiny island of Fehmarn, Germany.
NAGEL- Week 49 “Holidays”: Mathias Joseph Nagel Decorates the Churches
My 2nd-great-grandmother’s brother made wreaths and evergreen strings to decorate the Catholic churches in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1892.
I wrote about the 9 relatives in my tree called Emmanuel/Emanuel
I wrote about ancestor who seems to be always confused with her namesake.
I blogged about the ornaments that were on my mother’s and father’s Christmas trees
ORRICK, Benjamin Orrick was my paternal great-great-uncle who decided to marry Medora Frances WHITE on Christmas day in 1870 in White Rock Arkansas where her family was living. The couple raised 8 children, mainly in Crawford County AR, with a brief sojourn in OK. They celebrated 46 Christmas Day anniversaries together.
BERCHTOL – Hans Berchtol (1641/1653-1711), Twice a Godfather
I wrote about James Close Jr., a young man from Bellshill, Scotland