Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday ~ Grandma Laws Nursing School

My Grandmother Hilda Laws (nee Anderson) (1915 - 2006).  This photo was taken some time in the 1930's I believe, in New Brunswick, Canada.  Most likely in the Marysville or Fredericton area.  Grandma worked as a nurse all her life and I've been told she is wearing a training uniform in this photo.  The building behind her reads Robinson Memorial 1818.
If anyone knows where this building was and anything about the school, I would love to hear from you!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ancestor Approved Award

I've received the Ancestors Approved award from The Hummer at Branching Out Through the Years.  Thank you so much!  Ancestors Approved was started by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Lived Here.
I'm suppose to share 10 things about my ancestors that have surprised, humbled or enlightened me and share this award with 10 other bloggers.

1.  Finding out my father went by his middle name all his life surprised me.  I never knew his first name was John until I saw his obit in the library.
2. Humbled to discover my G Grandmother lost two brothers to WW1, her husband at the end of the war, her 2 year old son and her father all with in a few years.  What a strong woman she must have been to carry on for her family.
3. Surprised to find my G Grandmother had more then the 1 sibling I was told about.
4. Surprised to find so many distant and close family online.  Some of whom have an interest in family history!
5.  Surprised to find out the Puddington side of the family I was told was American, actually came from Canada lived in the USA for just a few years and moved back to Canada. lol
6.  Surprised to find so many brick walls all on the same family side.  At times I really think they are hiding from me. lol
7.  Surprised at how far across North America my Grandmothers family has spread, and it's a small branch!
8.  Surprised to find a photo of my Grandmother as a child and see how much my 3 year old looks like her.
9.  Surprised to find out that my father and his first wife shared 1 set of grandparients Thomas Grummet & Sarah Price Whisker.  He descended from their daughter Maria Grummett and his wife from their son Jessie Grummett.
10.  Humbled to find out how much my childhood had in common with my Grandmothers.  We both lost our fathers about the same age. etc.

Now to share this with 10 other bloggers.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History #2 ~ Winter Memories

Week 2: Winter.  What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

I grew up in Ontario, Canada we lived in an area often called the snow belt.  The weather here can change quickly.  One moment the sky's are Crystal clear and a few minutes later you have a strong snow squall coming in off the lakes.  Most of our snow comes from squall's off lake Huron.
What I remember best about winter as a child is how much snow we always had.  The fence around our home was 4 feet high and the snow was often over that.  Yes even in the backyard far away from were the tractors would blow the snow.  It would be an easy thing to walk from our yard to the neighbors.  No need to go through gates and walk around!  Most of the time we had so much snow that you couldn't open the gates anyway.  If you wanted through you had to climb or hop it.  Not that us kids minded that at all.
We had a small hill in the back yard that was great for sliding on.  I remember one Christmas we got big red sleds.  That winter we spent a lot of time in the back yard.

Our favorite foods in the winter were hot dishes.  Lots of soups with biscuits or rolls, roasted chicken or beef suppers.  Hot chocolate and warm cookies were a must as well!  

Our children enjoy the same things now as I did then.  Except we have a bigger hill for them to go rushing down!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week #1 ~ New Year's

I decided this year to follow along with the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History hosted by Geneabloggers.  Each week they post a topic, and wouldn't you know it I'm already a week behind. LOL!

Week 1: Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?!

New Years has never been a big celebration in our family.  I don't remember ever staying up as a child to watch the clock strike midnight, nor do I remember anyone in my family doing so.  We were usually all fast asleep by then. 
I do remember that we often would have a big supper on New Years day.  Some what like a mini revival of Christmas dinner.  More likely it would have been chicken or beef on the menu.  As a child our Christmas school holidays ran the week of and after Christmas ending with New Years.  So while New Years was the start of a fresh year, the following weekday was also time to head back to classes.
To this day our family doesn't celebrate New Years much.  Maybe some day that will change...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Genealogy Plans 2011

I don't normally make new years resolutions.  However it is nice to take some time to think about your plans for the coming year.
I started working on my family tree 20ish years ago, then put my research on hold 11 years ago and finally restarted this past fall.  With the new wealth of records online I have made more progress in my research in the past few months then I had in the earlier years!
I've also been very blessed to be able to get in touch with family members online whom I hadn't known.

My hopes for 2011 are:

Organization:  I have a huge amount of documents and scanned images that need to be organized.  I'm working to finish my pc hard drive organization.  Get all the files in their proper place and linked into my genealogy software.

Scanning:  I would like to finish scanning in my older photos and the newer ones taken before I started having them put on CD's.

Research:  I would like to order the BMD (Birth, Marriage, Death) certificates for for my direct ancestors that I'm missing.
I would like to get a subscription to the Swedish online archives.  My Great Grandfather Oscar Anderson came from Sweden and I would like to find his family there.
Keep searching for the marriage info on Frederick Robichaud and Elizabeth Gallant.  They are the parents of my  Great Grandmother.  I have Fredericks info from his second marriage, but have been unable to find Elizabeth's parents.
I would also LOVE to find some photos of my father when he was a young man or boy.