Monday, September 13, 2010

There is always a new cousin around the corner

My passion besides decorating, antiquing and gardening is genealogy. My paternal Grandmothers family has had a yearly reunion since 1906, so this year was #104!!

I am so fortunate to keeping finding those branches of my tree and meeting new people. In July the day before the reunion we had a "genealogy workshop" at 1515. As I looked around, I had people from Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa. We all had one link.....a link that went back to a marriage that occured in 1788. Most of them I had met on line through Ancestory in the past year. To help people figure out who they are, or show them a picture of their great grandfather they have never seen before is pricless to me.

I wonder what my Grandparents think of all these relatives coming back to 1515? Many had child hood memories of the home. Sometimes as I sit in that home.......I just look up and smile.

Here is everyone gathering at 1515

But one couple I met I felt like I had known forever. Bob and Judy on the left. They were meeting his 2nd cousin Cleone and wife Eleanor for the first time. Not to long after this picture they headed off into a cornfield to find their gggrandfathers gravesite. Judy just knew she was going to see Shoeless Joe Jackson or James Earl Jones! Judy said " I'll never look at a cornfield the same again".
Bob had been so gracious to video tape both days. I got the tape in the mail when I got home yesterday. I am anxious to sit and remember.....a wonderful day in July.


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Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

This is such a great thing you do, Ann, to bring your family together. How special!