My Genealogical Stocking Stuffer

Source: Robbins, Miriam at The Salvation Army Metlakatla Corps, Metlakatla, Alaska. Photograph. December 1968. Original privately held by Bryan Robbins, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Colville, Washington. 2008.

This photo, shot by my dad, was used for my parents’ 1968 photo Christmas card while they were officers (pastors) in a small corps (Salvation Army church) in a Native American village in Southeast Alaska. Dad recently e-mailed this scan, along with some ancestral photos I was very happy to receive, and I’d like to stuff this into the Christmas stocking of my children, so that they can see that I, too, was once a little child.

Written for the 8th Edition of the “I Smile for the Camera” Carnival.

This and That

Oh, Baby! The footnoteMaven has published the 7th Edition of the “I Smile for the Camera” Carnival at her digital publication site, Shades of the Departed. From babies on bearskins to twin babes to favorite snaps of grandbabies, this edition features 44 submissions from 43 bloggers, and is a sure winner!

“The word prompt for the 8th Edition of Smile For The Camera is Stocking Stuffer. Show us that picture that would make a great Stocking Stuffer and tell us whose stocking you’d stuff.” Submission deadline is December 10th and can be entered here.

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poster courtesy of footnoteMaven

Yesterday, Jasia of Creative Gene posted the 60th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, on the very personal and moving subject of Alzheimer’s Disease. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and many families (including mine) have been touched in one way or another. The ten stories that are shared here are difficult to read, but as Jasia says, “…Alzheimer’s Disease won’t be researched and cures won’t be found by keeping the monster behind a curtain.”

“The topic for the next edition of the COG will be: Traditions!…What traditions were passed on to you from an earlier generation? Do you keep those traditions? What tradition(s) will you or have you passed on to a younger generation? Do you think they will keep it up? Do you care if they do?…Write about your traditions and submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. The deadline for submissions is December 1st.”

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Also published yesterday was the 11th Cabinet of Curiosities, hosted by M. Diane Rogers of CanadianGenealogy, or ‘Jane’s Your Aunt!’ There’s an eclectic collection of collections on parade here, something to suit every taste and fancy!

The 12th Cabinet of Curiosities will return home to Tim Abbott of Walking the Berkshires. The Cabinet is always published the third Monday of every month and can be entered here.

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Speaking of carnivals, Jessica of Jessica’s Genejournal is looking for hosts for her 2009 Carnivals of Central and Eastern European Genealogy. If you’re interested, please contact her at jess_history at yahoo dot com.

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Lisa Louise Cooke is getting ready for the holidays over at her Genealogy Gems News Blog and asked for a little help from Pat Richley of DearMYRT; Allison Stacy, Editor and Publisher of Family Tree Magazine; Genealogy Insider Blogger and Family Tree Magazine Managing Editor Diane Haddad, and myself. We were only to happy to comply; you can see our shenanigans at the Genealogy Holiday Hoe Down (shhh! don’t tell my orthopedic surgeon about that cartwheel I did!).

The 5th Edition of the "I Smile for the Camera" Carnival is Posted!

The 5th Edition of the “I Smile For the Camera Carnival” has been posted by the Shady Maven at Shades of the Departed. The theme was “Crowning Glory” and there were a record-setting 54 articles by 52 participants writing about hair (or the lack thereof) or headgear of some sort. My entry was Trijntje Gerrits (DOLSTRA) VALK (1826 – 1912), where you can view a photograph of my 4th-great-grandmother in traditional Dutch clothing, complete with a cap!

Becky Wiseman of kinnexxions will be our host for the 6th Edition, whose topic is “Funny Bone.”

Show us that picture that never fails to bring a smile to your face! An amusing incident, a funny face, an unusual situation. Share!

Choose a photograph of an ancestor, relative, yourself, or an orphan photograph that tickles your Funny Bone and bring it to the carnival. Admission is free with every photograph!

Your submission may include as many or as few words as you feel are necessary to describe your treasured photograph. Those words may be in the form of an expressive comment, a quote, a journal entry, a poem (your own or a favorite), a scrapbook page, or a heartfelt article. The choice is yours!

The deadline is midnight, Pacific Daylight Time, October 10th. Submission options include:

1. Send an email to the host, Becky Wiseman. Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, and the name of your blog. Put “Smile For The Camera” clearly in the title of your email!

2. Use the handy submission form provided by Blog Carnival, or select the Bumper Sticker in the upper right hand corner.

Now, I’m off to do some reading…!

September Is…

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)

September 1: Labor Day (United States)
Labour Day (Canada)
(“Labor Day and Ancestral Occupations” by Carolyn L. Barkley)

September 1: Ramadan begins

September 7: National Grandparents’ Day (U.S. and Canada)
Father’s Day (Australia and New Zealand)

September 11: Patriot Day (United States)

September 15: Independence Day
(Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua)

September 16: Independence Day (Mexico)

September 19: Independence Day (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

September 22: Autumnal Equinox (Northern Hemisphere)
Vernal Equinox (Southern Hemisphere)

September 29, sunset: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)

Do any of the above events feature in or affect your heritage, culture, or family history?

September Carnivals and Events:

September 1 – Data Backup Day

It’s Data Backup Day
by Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family

Don’t Be Blogged Gone: Tips for Keeping Your Blog Backed Up and Secure
by Elizabeth O’Neal of Little Bytes of Life

Scanfest: Sunday, September 28th, 11 AM – 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Go here to learn how to join Scanfest and our group of chatting, scanning family archivists, historians, and bloggers!

Go here to add the above deadlines and dates to your Google Calendar,
courtesy of Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family.

The 4th Edition of the "I Smile for the Camera" Carnival is Posted!

courtesy of the footnoteMaven

The footnoteMaven has just published the 4th Edition of the “I Smile for the Camera” Carnival at her Shades of the Departed blog. The topic was “My Favorite Photograph,” and boy, was it difficult for all of the 40 (yes, count ’em: 40!) submitters to choose just one (and some couldn’t!). My submission is here, and you can see why it would be my favorite!

The Maven graciously credited the Genea-Blogger Group Games for the high attendance at this month’s carnival. Maven, word is getting around about your funtastic digital publication, including a well-deserved mention in the latest article of Internet Genealogy magazine!

The word prompt for the 5th Edition of this carnival is “Crowning Glory.”

Show us those wonderful photographs of hairdos and maybe even a few don’ts. Don’t limit yourself to just hair fashion through the ages, got a great photograph of a hat, helmet, bonnet, or some other interesting headgear? Share!

Choose a photograph of an ancestor, relative, yourself, or an orphan photograph that is the epitome of Crowning Glory and bring it to the carnival. Admission is free with every photograph!

Your submission may include as many or as few words as you feel are necessary to describe your treasured photograph. Those words may be in the form of an expressive comment, a quote, a journal entry, a poem (your own or a favorite), a scrapbook page, or a heartfelt article. The choice is yours!

Submission deadline is midnight (Pacific Time) on 10 September 2008. You can e-mail footnoteMaven with the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, and the name of your blog (put “Smile For The Camera” clearly in the title of your email) or submit it here.

My Favorite Photograph

As part of the 4th Edition of the “I Smile for the Camera” Carnival hosted at footnoteMaven’s Shades of the Departed online publication, participants must pick a favorite photograph and explain why it is so.

Like most family historians, I have many favorites for many reasons. Somehow, I narrowed them down to two. My favorite photo of ancestors would have to be one taken at my parents’ wedding, because where else could I find a photograph of six biological and two step-ancestors? But if given a choice of only one photograph to keep of all the ones I own, it would be the following. I think it’s obvious why.

Source: Midkiff, Matthew and Melissa. Photograph. December 1996. Original in the possession of Miriam Robbins Midkiff, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Spokane, Washington. 2008.

The kids were watching Christmas specials on TV one afternoon and fell asleep. They used to love to sit in this big old comfortable chair (which we no longer own; it just got worn out), with their heads against one arm rest and, as they got older and longer, their feet over the other. The television is located just to the left of where I’m standing to take this photo. The antimacassar over the chair back was crocheted by my great-grandmother, Lillian Fern (STRONG) HOEKSTRA. This was the first Christmas in our “new” home (built 1907 – 08). My daughter had recently turned six and was in Kindergarten and my son was nearly three. Hard to believe that they’ll be a high school senior and a freshman, respectively, this coming school year.

Because we didn’t have a digital camera then, this is a scan of a printed photograph. You can’t really see the detail of the Christmas tree in the background the way you can when you look at the original, or the soft flush of their chubby cheeks. I can almost hear their soft, measured breathing, see the rise and fall of their little chests, and smell the warm, baby smell of my toddler and the “No More Tears” shampoo scent in my daughter’s hair.

This is one of those scenes that’s going to stay with me as long as I live.

August Is…

…National Back to School Month (United States).

…Holiday Month (many European countries).

August 1: Anniversary of the 1st U.S. Federal Census
Swiss National Day

August 2 – 3: Twins Day in Twinsburg, Ohio
(Do twins run in your family?)

August 6: National Salvadoran-American Day (United States)

August 7: Purple Heart Day

August 8 – 24: 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, China
(Any Olympians or athletic champions in your family tree?)

August 9: Singapore Independence Day

August 10: Ecuador Independence Day

August 14: Pakistan Independence Day

August 15: Korea Independence Day
India Independence Day

August 17: Indonesia Independence Day

August 21: Hawaii Statehood Day

August 25: Uruguay Independence Day

August 31: Malaysia Independence Day

Do any of the above events feature in or affect your heritage, culture, or family history?

Carnival Deadlines:

August 1 – 53rd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy – Carousel Edition

August 4 – 10th Edition of the Carnival of Central and European Genealogy – Carousel Edition

August 10 – 4th Edition of the “I Smile for the Camera” Carnival – My Favorite Photograph

August 15 – 54th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy – topic to be announced

Submissions for the 8th Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture are not due until September 22. Read more here.

The Cabinet of Curiosities is on summer holiday until September. Tim Abbott is looking for hosts for future editions.

August 1 – Data Backup Day

Julie Miller writes on how to create a genealogy disaster plan.

Scanfest: Sunday, August 24th, 11 AM – 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Scanfest will be held one week early (usually held the last Sunday of the month), due to August 31st being a part of Labor Day weekend.

Go here to learn how to join Scanfest and our group of chatting, scanning family archivists, historians, and bloggers!

Go here to add the above deadlines and dates to your Google Calendar, courtesy of Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family.