I discovered right out of left field the other day that this blog has been awarded the "Ancestor Approved Award" from Alice Keesey Mecoy of John Brown Kin. Thanks Alice!
Many of you know, and some of you probably don't that I initiated this award from my other blog Ancestors Live Here back in March.
I was just as tickled when I received the award in April for my Lost Family Treasures blog and again for Ancestors Live Here. This award has gone around the genea-blogging world and back again and I think it's kind of cool.
The award comes with a couple of requests.
- List ten things that you have learned about your ancestors that surprised, humbled, or enlightened you.
- Pass the award to ten other genealogy bloggers.
I refer you to the links above for the ten things I have learned about my ancestors, but I will add a couple of things that I have learned since April.
I recently became a member of Geni. One of my Madsen cousins uploaded a family history written about my 3rd great-grandmother Dorthea Christine Jensen Madsen which was written by one of her direct ancestors, not mine. I had never seen this history before and never knew these things about her.
The following is an excerpt from the "Fragments of the Past", by Dortha Roxanna Madsen Rollins McKinney:
".....My grandmother on father's side was an expert seamstress and tailor. She made men's suits out of cloth she wove on her own loom which was as fine as any sold from stores.
Another thing my grandmother did was make beer to serve to the farm hands in summer time. I have watched her take the sprouted grain, brown it in the oven, add water and yeast and put in the wooden kegs."
Who'd a thought - one of my grannys making beer!
The other thing I discovered recently while transcribing a history about my grandmother, Blanche Theora Barker Piggott Dunn, written by one of my aunts is that my great-grandma Hazel Madsen Piggott used to play the harmonica. Here is an excerpt from the history:
"Grandma Hazel Rebecca Madsen Piggott was a very good cook & we all enjoyed listening to her play the harmonica."
I never heard grandma Hazel play the harmonica (I'm sure I would remember if I did) and mom never mentioned it.
This is why it is so important to not only research your direct line, but their siblings as well. You can bet that the descendants of your great grand aunts and uncles are going to know some things about your great-grandma that you weren't told about.
Since the genealogy blogging community has grown leaps and bounds, I think I should be able to come up with ten more deserving recipients.
- Genealogy: Pilgrimage Through the Past
- Are My Roots Showing
- Genealogy Stories
- From Little Acorns
- AncesTree Sprite
- Spirits of the Old
- Saving Stories
- With Gratitude
- Torres Family NM Genealogy and History Blog
- Connecting Our Kin