Saturday, May 25, 2013
ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY - Whew!
I never thought I'd get here - one entire year of blogging! Yeah!!
This is the 37th post I've completed since the first one on May 25, 2012. Many fewer than I'd originally thought I would do, but I'm happy to have posted that many - a new goal for the coming year of blogging will be to do MORE! I'm still getting my blogging feet under me, as I ponder the purpose of my blogging - aside from "cousin-fishing".
Thank you to those of you who have been so encouraging to me about blogging: Bill West, Susan Clark, Moises Garcia, Jill Ball, Albert Riezebos, Tessa Keogh, Leslie Lawson, Carol Stevens, Kathy Reed ... and so many more. The comments I've received have been very encouraging, or amusing, or helpful, or thoughtful. Even a "+" makes my day! Maybe after a few more years I won't be wondering if anyone is reading these blogs.
Cheers to y'all, and I'll be continuing of course.
This year I'll continue working around my dead-ends in my ancestor lines, learning to search through more different databases, and digging through indexes or records page by page, line by line, as necessary. I have lots of time, after all - I just turned 70 a few weeks ago, and I'm determined to hit 100 as several women ancestors did! One died at 102 (great health until the very end), one at 98 (ditto), one at 96 (a few years of challenges)... but still, I certainly have good genes!
On the right, in 1924 in New York city, a 4-generation photograph of my Mom (2 yrs old) in her mother's (GrandPete) arms (44), GrandPete's mother Gussie (67) on the far right, and her mother Hattie (97) looking at her, talking. Love this photo of my Grand's with Mom.
On the left, here's the more recent 4-generation photo: me (25) on the right in July 1968, on the way home from the nearby hospital with 1st child 5 days old, GrandPete (93) in the middle, my Mom (45) on the left; sitting on the porch of the house where we lived since January 1954. Note the "G" on our screen door for "Gillespie"!
Hopefully one of my 4 children or grandchildren will be interested in all the genealogy details I've been able to find. I need to find other 4-generation photos if possible - they're so touching...
Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis