Victorian Santa : A visit from Saint Nicholas card is from: The Graphics Fairy
Joyous Noel card is from: The Feathered Nest
Thank you both for such beautiful images.
Joyous Noel card is from: The Feathered Nest
Thank you both for such beautiful images.
I wanted a baton and I was so proud to get one! I ended up in a few parades twirling my baton with blisters on my feet from the new white majorette boots.
My Oma's home with a few relatives I don't have names for. I am sitting next to mom holding a little mini stein I was given as a Christmas gift. It had a photo of my birth city, Augsburg, Germany.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
As a child and well into the 70's, I remember the sort of lites that were used: a C 7 or C 9 lamp, the NOMAS or MAZDAS famous bubble lites in bright colors. These would be the ones that my stepfather put up as well as others in our neighborhood. Kids use to steal them because they would pop when thrown on the ground!
I know that these lites were also used on Christmas trees as well, in fact, my father-in-law still has a set of these lites that he uses on the tree every year! He is very old fashion and loves his lites. Each time I see them, it's a flashback in time! Christmas lites have certainly come a long way.
Currently and reluctantly, my husband does put our outdoor lights up. He waits until the last minute too! We use the icicle lites and they really do look pretty. Our neighbors put up their lites so our cul-de-sac is very well lit.
Each year, we take a drive with our grand kids to a neighborhood known as Jingle Bell Hill in El Cajon that goes all out! It is absolutely beautiful. In Chula Vista we use to have Candy Cane Lane, now replaced with Christmas Circle. I do love outdoor Christmas lites, this year, I am bugging hubby to put ours up earlier than usual. I of course always have my Christmas wreath on the front door.
Today, November 20th, - thirty years ago - you came into this world, what a very sweet day that was. Your birthday is really my celebration...because your life has made such a difference...
Happy Birthday my sweet daughter with these birthday wishes for you ~
Of all the things I wish for you, I would give anything if these wishes could always come true...
I want you to be happy. I want you to fill your heart with feeling of wonder and to be full of courage and hope. I want you to have the type of friendship that is a treasure ~ and the kind of love that is beautiful forever.
I wish you the insight to see your inner and outer beauty. I want you to know millions of moments when you find satisfaction in the things you do so wonderfully.
Of all the things I'll be wishing for, wherever you are and whatever I may do, there will never be a day in my life when I won't be wishing the best for you...
I love you ~ Mom
~Another treasure from my email inbox from my dear friend Rachel~
The Genealogist's Psalm
Genealogy is my pastime, I shall not stray;
It maketh me to lie down and examine half~buried tombstones.
It leadeth me into still Court Houses,
It restoreth my ancestral knowledge.
It leadeth me in paths of census records and ships'
passengers list for my surname's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the shadows
of research libraries and microfilm readers,
I shall fear no discouragement;
For a strong urge is with me;
The curiosity and motivation
They comforteth me.
It demandeth preparation of storage space for the
acquisition of countless documents;
It anointest my head with burning midnight oil,
My family group sheets runneth over.
Surely birth, marriage, and death dates shall follow me
all the day of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of a family~history seeker
~Author ~Wildamae Brestal
A Prayer For Genealogists
Lord, help me dig into the past,
And sift the sands of time;
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine.
Lord, help me trace the ancient roads,
On which my fathers trod;
And led them through so many lands,
To find our present sod.
Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dust manuscript,
That's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypt.
Lord, let it bridge the gaps that haunts
My soul when I can't find,
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine.
Author ~ Curtis Woods~
Source: Rachel my friend, thank you.
Digital photo taken and held by Gini Webb (address for private use) San Diego, CA October 19, 2009
I have temporarily run out of my own Tombstone Tuesday photos (computer problems and accessing my photos). As I went on line the other day, I was checking out the San Diego Genealogical Society here in San Diego (I am thinking of joining), I clicked on a local cemetery that was listed on the SDGS site under Records available online (link below) .
El Cajon Cemetery was officially founded in 1903. The history on it is wonderful. I decided I wanted to check it out and did so yesterday! I was out walking around in the original (dry) part of the cemetery when the caretaker Joe Dodson came up to me and asked if I needed anything. I explained to him that I am doing genealogy and that I wanted to see this particular cemetery. He was so helpful and shared some of the history with me. He said, "We don't really have anyone big and famous but over there are relatives of Wyatt Earp" - my ears perked up and I knew I was going to head over to that one.
He also gave me Marna Clemons phone number, Marna took over the transcribing project, did extensive research, coordinated the final survey for publishing. I look forward to connecting with Marna. We meet the nicest most helpful people along our genealogy journeys.
Also close by were the grave sites of the "Butterfield Stage Coach" people. I am not sure if they were employees or passengers but the Butterfield Stage Coach route went thru San Diego and further out east of San Diego which I have been on in a jeep. I didn't get a chance to find those graves and I had forgotten to take my camera (I know, what the heck was I thinking, my phone didn't do too bad of job with Earp photo)!
I will be going back but I wanted to share this photo of Wyatt Earps relatives. I do not know what the relationship was, but according to the caretaker, they were direct descendants. I did take a few other photos of very old headstones and will post those soon. I was looking to see if I recognized any names that may have appeared in any of our genea-blogs, I am not native to San Diego nor do I have any ancestors here. One never knows where you may find your ancestor, so I wanted to share with you!
Take a moment to read the history on this cemetery, there are several buried there that are not native to San Diego or California, there is a list of surnames after the preface and acknowledgements, a few I saw are originally from Wyoming and Colorado.
I really enjoyed walking thru this cemetery, it was very quiet and peaceful, it's tucked away and not many know it's even there.
Collage created by Gini Webb October 2009
Many of you may have heard, I have been authoring the recent May I Introduce You To series on GeneaBloggers. This has been a great experience and I have been learning so much!
I am fairly new to the genealogy blogging circuit and actually blogging in general. I had many fears about starting my own genealogy blog: I felt that others would not be interested in reading what I had to share on my blog. Also, I have only been doing my own family history for less than two years, without much research or family history experience under my belt, so there really wouldn’t be a lot of material to post about yet.
In addition, I was working full time up to October 6th, but now I am gratefully retired, as I want to pursue genealogy almost full time. I feel I have found something I love to do - now, I just need to learn to improve my writing skills and stlye for my blog. Being a part of the genea-blog family as I call it has taught me so much about many different things that I would not have learned had I not started blogging.
Writing the May I Introduce You To articles has given me the opportunity to improve my writing skills. I love doing the articles and learning about other genealogy bloggers, how they started their blogs, what their fears about blogging were in addition to understanding their heritage and history. There are so many incredibly talented and knowledgeable people who make a difference in so many of our lives and the lives of others.
It is my pleasure to write the articles and get to know many of you. I want to thank GeneaBloggers for such a great opportunity. It just doesn’t get any better than this!
If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the articles I have featured so far, click on the blog links below and enjoy…leave a comment to let them know you stopped by. I look forward to featuring many more of you in the future.
The May I Introduce You To?…..Roundup~
14 July 2009 ~ Elyse’s Genealogy Blog by Elyse Doerflinger
One of our youngest genealogy bloggers, Elyse brings fresh and new ideas to genealogy blogging.
25 July 2009 ~ Al's Polish-American Genealogy Research Blog by Al Wierzba Researching and sharing his Polish-American ancestry.
August 4, 2009 ~ The You Go Genealogy Girls by Ruby Coleman and Cheri Hopkins
Double the genealogy fun!
14 Aug 2009 ~ Jake Fletcher’s Genealogy Project by Jake Fletcher
Jake’s wonderful experience of his internship at the New England Historical Genealogy Society.
25 Aug 2009 ~ Heritage Happens by Cheryl Palmer
Where Cheryl’s heritage is always happening.
2 Sept 2009 ~ The Internet Genealogist by Leah Allen
Leah is a college student passionate about genealogy
23 Sept 2009 ~ BeNotForgot by Vickie Everhart
Rich in family history and amazingly creative.
8 Oct 2009 ~ Georgia Black Crackers by Mavis Jones
Sharing her long time research about her African-American family history.
If you would like me to feature your blog, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org -I would love to share you with the genealogy blogging community.
The May I Introduce You To?…. is a feature of GeneaBloggers.
2009, Copyright Gini Webb
Retirement Autumn Flower Bouquet from my Company - Digital photo owned and held by Gini Webb (address for private use) San Diego, CA 29, Sept 2009Sept 28th, 2009 was my last day at a job I had been at for 15 years. I am very excited to be out of the work force stress and the rat race. At the same time I will miss several co-workers that I did get very close to. We will stay in touch. I was so surprised when I received a beautiful Autumn bouquet from the company, lunch of my choice that was brought in, a very nice card signed by all of the employees (most, some were not available), 2 giant Hershey Bars (thank you Rose, she knows that I am a chocoholic) and lots of hugs and a great email from my boss saying thank you for all the years of service I had given (he was away on a cruise). It was a very nice send off.
My father John Adam Eimes and my grandmother, Inez Tabeling Arbogast