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Sneak Peak

As most of you have learned, I recently returned home after being away for over a month.  I had gone to Ohio for a week over Easter while my mother was in the hospital and returned the end of April just before she passed away.  I spent most of May cleaning out her home and trying to make sense of what she had kept for so many years.

I wrote many months ago about some of the treasures I had come across early in my genealogy quest – letters my grandparents wrote to each other, old photos, and more.  And I incorrectly assumed there wouldn’t be much more to add – boy was I wrong!

Not only did I find more old photos, but I found my grandparents’ framed marriage certificate that had hung on their bedroom wall most of my growing up years, as well as marriage certificates of my great-grandparents!  It will take me quite a while to go through all the documents I discovered not to mention the hours of scanning that will be involved.

First, I must clean out my own clutter.  I’ve made a head start on that – but have much more to do before I feel that I’ve accomplished the goals I’ve set for myself.  And due to that reason, I’ll be slow to post some of my exciting finds.

I also want to write a multi-part post about my recent experiences as I navigated the whole death, dying, saying good-bye, final preparations, and the Ohio legal system.  Stay tuned – and thanks for sticking around!

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I’m Back

Thanks to all my Faithful Readers who have continued to check in regularly on this blog.  I’ve been out of state for a month and a half dealing with my mother’s recent death and taking care of things.  It will be awhile before I get back to posting regularly but I wanted to let you all know where I’ve been. 

And to all the “newbie” readers who have found my blog in the last month or so  – thanks for the comments!

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In honor of my aunt’s upcoming birthday, I wanted to pay her a tribute.  My dad’s sister will be celebrating her 100th birthday soon!  Since she is still living I won’t post many vitals in order to maintain some privacy. 

I haven’t seen her since the early 1970’s yet she was a constant in my life as a young child.  She was my favorite aunt – being as I only knew two out of three of my aunts.  My mother’s sister had passed away a few years before I was born, and my dad’s oldest sister just seemed “older”.  Aunt “M” was always giving puppet shows to the kids during family reunions and get-togethers.  She seemed to really enjoy the young ones.  Not only did she visit us when there wasn’t a reunion to attend, but we went to visit her in Pennsylvania once.  One of my daughters’ middle name is in honor of her.

Aunt “M” was very active in the Salvation Army and attended the college in New York as a young woman.  She rose to the rank of Major as time progressed. 

When I began this genealogy quest ten years ago, she was one of the first relatives to respond to my many questions and letters.  She even called several times – to a niece that she hadn’t seen in many, many years.  I still keep in contact with her daughter through email and Christmas cards and get updates on Aunt “M”. 

Happy Birthday! 

So who is your oldest living relative?

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During my most recent visit to Ohio, I came across some old address books.  One appeared to have belonged to my mother from eons ago and the other was my grandparents’ that she kept after they passed away. 

I learned a few things by thumbing through the pages of these books.  The first was that my grandfather was a very meticulous person.  He actually typed up addresses and pasted them in at the correct spots alphabetically.  When someone died, he would cross out their name and mark “Decased” along with a date.  That only helps me when it was a relative yet it gets me wondering how my grandparents felt each time a long-time friend or a relative died.  There it was in black and white (and sometimes red pencil) – subtracting each friend from their life – through the pages of an address book.

Another thing I learned was that my grandfather actually had addresses for relatives I wasn’t sure he had ever met.  I was unsure if he had met his Aunt Rachel’s family until I saw names and addresses listed.  At the very least they corresponded once a year with a Christmas card. 

My mother’s old address book was a little different.  Not many addresses were marked through with “Deceased” but because of the person moving to a new residence.  That was a big difference between the two books.  Most of the people my grandparents knew stayed in the same place and the only changes were either closer to a child or to a nursing home as they aged or to sunny places such as Florida, California or Arizona.  The people my mother tracked moved due to military service, new job offers, a change of scenery, etc. 

Isn’t it amazing what a few pages from address books can tell you?  Not only about the people written in the pages but the person who kept up with it?

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I almost missed it!  One year ago yesterday I began my genea-blog journey.  I’ve met many wonderful genealogists and historians along the way and learned some valuable researching points.  I’ve had over 12,000 visits and written 269 posts and had 276 comments left.

Thanks to all of you – my faithful readers and those who are just stopping by for the first time!

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Still Not Really Back

Sorry – said I was going to start posting again but that won’t be happening soon.  There is a major family health crisis that took me out of state for over a week.  I’m trying to play catch up and figure out what normal really is.  I did bring back with me some interesting objects – what looks like charcoal drawings or something of some of my ancestors that I did not even know existed.  Too big to scan – will have to photograph them.  But that won’t be for awhile.  I ask for all the prayers directed toward my loved one – for their comfort in this difficult time. 

Thanks to all of you –  my faithful readers and friends – for your continued patience.

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Unfortunately life has become rather stressful as of late so I haven’t written any new posts.  I’ve missed the last two Carnivals of Genealogy as well as several Tombstone Tuesday’s and Wordless Wednesdays. 

I have done quite a bit of research in the last few weeks which has provided some new information and areas still to be checked.

As soon as Easter is over, I will (hopefully) be posting again on a regular basis!

But for now, head on over to West in New England and read the 69th Carnival of Genealogy. Kudos to Bill West for hosting this edition and to all the genea-bloggers who contributed!

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