Thursday, January 15, 2009

Genealogy in case some of you readers do not know what the word means,the dictionary says genealogy means "descent traced continuously from ancestors; pedigree,or study of pedigree. The words "family tree" is the same principle. We trace our parents, our grandparents, great great grandparents,until we can no longer find anyone else. But the fun of it ,is not only getting the names of them, the best part is knowing little tidbits about them, were they heros? ,if not, it doesn't matter, the hero that they should be to us, is because of them we are here. I know we must have some unsung heros among our ancestors, something that wasn't written in a book, this is why I believe now is the time for us to jot down about an uncle who saved a little cat from a fire, a father who is a fireman, a brother who is in the police force, these folks must have little stories, something good that they did. Did your grandmother win a pie contest? Do you have her recipe? Write it down. Did anyone win any contests, beauty contest, lumberman contest, did anyone meet someone important or present a gift to a VIP? I just came across some photos of my late husband taken with Henri Richard and Yvon Lambert the hockey players for the Montreal Canadians,way back in the 1960s or so, and my son did not know I had them, he is a fan of the Montreal Canadians and so is my grandson, can you imagine how they felt knowing they have a photo of their dad and grandfather with these stars? I have a photo of my grandmother sitting at a spinning wheel and yes she knew how to use it. Ah all of these things are so important , we must write down all these things, we must share our parents and aunts and uncles, and grandparent's memories for future generations. I believe we all have a purpose in life, in my heart I know that this is MY purpose, to search, to find, and to preserve for my descendants and kin down the road.
Another thing I want to mentions also, we cannot make our genealogy all nice and rosey, there are skeletons in our closets, that is still history that is still the truth, we cannot deny it. Should our grandfather have done a crime, no matter how big or how small, it is the truth, we cannot hide it, we should not hide it because it happened, it happens today, I am not saying to be proud of it, I am saying it happened and we cannot paint a beautiful picture , mistakes were made in the past as well as in the present. No matter who or what ,the most important thing to remember is because of them, we are here and our lines continue .
I have a book in front of me called Searching through the old records of New France a translation of Father Cyprien Tanguay's A travers les registres and he has little stories this is why I did today's blog this way. here are a few things mentioned in a book to give you an idea why I believe our descendants would enjoy what we pass on to them.
"Jan.1705;The burial of Mathieu Bosselet dit Jolicoeur age 40, soldier in M. de Beaucours' company who was found dead on the ice."
"Jan.1707;The baptism of Joseph Stover, the son of Jean and Abigail from Cape Vadick, between York Maine and Wells Maine. Born in 1690 and kidnapped by the Abenaquis in 1706 he was later ransomed by Francoise Domitilde, an Abenaquise woman who lived among the french and sent him to Montreal.
April 1758; Hilarion Landry the husband of Marie Taphorin was attacked and killed by the Indians while returning by boat from the Riviere aux Boeuf to Fort Duquesne. He was about about 1152 feet away from the Fort. Widowed with 3 very young children Marie married Louis Charlan. (Quebec Registers).
I hope you understand why it is so important for us to keep records ,write down stories, and write down what we find about our ancestors so our followers won't have to search as hard as we are doing. And if something regarding your families comes out on the newspapers save the articles.
I hope you have enjoyed today's blog,and will return again. Now I am still looking for more followers to let me know they are reading these blogs. Please click on the blue "follow this blog" upper right. If you do not want to give your name, sign as Anonymous. I would like to reach at least 25 followers can you help?
Have a great day.
Aline

7 comments:

Velda said...

I never knew how important these things were until I spoke to my husband's aunt and she began telling us of how 'uncle charlie' has a scar on his face because he was pecked by a rooster...yes I jotted it down :)

alineskee said...

And my great grandmother Rose Boudreau stuck a hat pin in her eye, yep I jotted it down, also jotted down my grandfather had Lupus, my nephew has it, my grandmother had hammertoes, my mother and now me.Yep jotted it down.
Aline

Effie Peckham said...

Aline, I am not sure what I am doing, I think I made a mess of this. I signed up for an account. Am I suppose to start a blog of my own.
Oh, I am so confused. lol
Effie

Effie Peckham said...

Aline, I set up an account but I am not sure how to get on your site here. I even put my picture on it.
Am I suppose to start my own blog?
I am not to clever at these sort of things.

Effie

alineskee said...

NO Effie you don't have to start a blog unless you want to, grin.And call it Effie's blog? haha.
click back on Follow my Blog on the side of my blog and now that you registered it should be ok, if they say to start a blog no can always say No way Hosay. grin.
Aline

Anonymous said...

Aline, I am on here, but it does not show on the Follow my Blog. It states stop following. ha, ha Hard for an old dog to learn new tricks.Grin
Have a nice day and weekend, more snow coming our way. I am sick of winter already.
Effie

alineskee said...

Effie you are not giving up are you? haha. where there is a will there has to be a way. haha. Let me see if I can find something to help you , will email you with the results. stay warm, here it is minus 43 with the windchill. And yes it is freezing. All schools are cancelled.
Aline