Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Notes From My Grandmother | The What and The Who

Somehow, much of my grandmother's hand written and (badly) typed notes and research wound up in my possession. Traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles and back to Chicago again. It sat, in the dark of my mother's closet, until my dad passed and my mom decided to begin her great purge. Knowing I had picked up the torch, the next generation to pursue the Greatest Hobby on Earth, the papers came to live with me. Unsure for many years on just what to do with them, I have decided to bring them out and share them with you - transcribed, of course - no one can read my grandmother's handwriting! But in her own words; mistakes, rambling sentences, and all. I think she will be pleased her work and her writing are once again out in the light.

When I got the idea to present my grandmothers papers to the world, I really had no idea how to go about it. A lot of her writing is very bad, computers would have been her best friend! But she worked hard and poured her heart into her research. She truly loved history and genealogy ... and telling the family story. Limited only by the time in which she did her research (pre 1980), she was still able to compile some good stories. Solid research woven with family remembrances.  Had she had the technology we have today she would have been a rockstar! 

And a mad blogger ......

In my collection I have letters, photographs, unreadable (seriously) handwritten notes and "finished" typed family stories.  Surnames she researched include:
  • Potwin
  • Twining
  • Ashby
  • Thomas
  • Rowley
  • Busby
I will present these writings by surname, as that is the way she had them organized and it seems to make the most sense.

Much of this may be of little interest to many of you, but I suspect there are far-flung cousins for whom these writings will be of great interest. As for me, in transcribing these papers I will be required to go through the entire collection - something I've been avoiding for a while now. (Just keeping it real) I hope someone will find something useful, at any rate I'll enjoy rediscovering my maternal ancestors - pilgrims, pioneers, preachers, patriots, even Plantagenets!

Come on along for the ride!

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