David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Thanksgiving, 1986

By far, one of my favorite memories is that of Thanksgiving, 1986.  You see, just a month before, I had given birth to our first child, our son, Daniel.  On Thanksgiving, my father's family was planning on being at my parent's home for dinner, where they would meet our new addition for the first time.  I can remember being so excited as I dressed Daniel for the day and gathered all the needed "baby equipment" for our trip "down the street and up the hill" to his grandmother's house.  We were welcomed with much excitement and joy and I can still hear those voices filled with love and laughter.  After dinner, we posed for some family pictures, including the 4 generation photograph of my father, my grandmother, myself, and Daniel.  A few weeks later, my aunt had the photograph published in the Wilmington News-Journal in Clinton County, Ohio.  The article with the photograph of Daniel cradled in my grandma's arms is truly one of my "treasures" even if the newspaper did reverse Daniel's first and middle names!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sorting Saturday - Too Many Papers, Too Little Time

Today I have been reading some wonderful "Sorting Saturday" ideas for organizing genealogical research and I can't wait to try some of them. For the past several years, the lack of both time and space has been my enemy.  I have binders for each surname that I am researching and those binders have been in various places throughout my home, wherever I could find space on a bookshelf.  I also have boxes filled with folders, labeled with family names, overflowing with papers yet to be filed in those binders.  I have a tendency to relish the hunt for the information rather than the tedious task of sitting, labeling, and filing.  This is probably due to the fact that I have had no space to call my own for a long time and therefore, no way to spread out and sort papers.  With my son's marriage and subsequent moving of my youngest son into his big brother's old room, I now have in my possession the room that has gone through the metamorphosis from spare room to office to nursery to playroom to bedroom and now, back to office.  I can't say that is "completely" mine since my husband has talked me into letting him have a corner to store his "Magic the Gathering" card collection, but for all intents and purposes, this room is now the home to my genealogical research.  It's a beginning. All the binders now reside in one bookcase, boxes of information ready to be filed sit nearby.  My goal will be to take one or two family folders per day and file the information into the family binders where they belong.  Each binder begins with a family ancestry report beginning with the farthest ancestor identified and is then divided into sections: Birth Records, Marriage Records, Military Records, Death Records, Census Records, Photographs, and Miscellaneous Research.  So far, that was worked out just fine for me, but I'm anxious to try some of the new ideas I have seen from my fellow Geneabloggers.   At the very least, they have me revved up and ready to sort!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Surname Saturday - Hsieh - The New Name in Our Family Tree

At this time, exactly one week ago today, I was standing in the church dressing room, watching the woman who would soon become my new daughter as she prepared for her wedding.   She and my son met at college a few years ago when she and her sister arrived in the United States as international students.  My son noticed her beauty immediately and during a study group, finally got up the nerve to ask her out on a date.  Amazingly, these two people, who grew up on opposite sides of the globe, are kindred spirits.  This day had been planned for many months, through much trial and tribulation so the wedding day of Daniel and Erin was one filled with joy.

As a lover of family history, I couldn't help but relish the thought that we were now adding a new branch to our tree.  Our German, Irish, English, and Scottish bloodlines were now going to be blended with those of Erin's Taiwanese and Chinese ancestors.  It has been quite a challenge for us on both sides of this new alliance as we have struggled to understand each other.  Simply trying to decide how to spell the English version of the names of family members became quite a confusing chore. However, being at the airport for the arrival of her mother and meeting aunts, uncles, and cousins was a delight.  As we stood on the altar at the church for a combined family photograph, I couldn't help but feel emotional at that thought of these two families, whose life experiences are so completely different, being tied together with the marriage of Daniel and Erin. 

One of my first objectives this week was to add Erin to my FamilyTreeMaker program.  Her Taiwanese name is Hsing-Ling, which is what appears on her birth certificate.  Her mother, as is typical for many Taiwanese brides, kept her maiden name after her marriage.  Thankfully, Erin wrote the names of her parents for me in English so I would know the correct spelling and order.  Not as easy has been determining the names of her grandparents, however,  I have discovered through  conversations with my new daughter  that the story of her grandparents' is quite dramatic and includes an escape from China.  My son is determined to get these stories down on paper when they visit Taiwan soon.  How exciting it is to think about this new chapter in my family history book. 

So, this week, now that the wedding is finished, I hope to begin my family research with fresh eyes and a new perspective and I am eagerly anticipating sharing the story of our family with my grandchildren!