Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Jasia's Family History Christmas List

A Christmas list any family historian would appreciate:
  1. I wish I had my mother's recipes. She was one of those who always cooked from memory and never bothered to record her recipes.
  2. I wish I had a Christmas ornament from any of my grandparents.
  3. I wish I had a family photo with my mom and dad and me and my brothers in it, or even one with just me and my mom and dad in it.
  4. I wish I had a letter of correspondence from my great grandparents to any of my grandparents after they immigrated to the U.S.
  5. I wish I could go to my family's ancestral villages (in Poland).
  6. I wish I could speak the language of my ancestors (Polish).
  7. I wish Legacy software would accept the characters of my ancestors' language (Polish).
  8. I wish I had a diary of one of my ancestors, anyone of them.
  9. I wish I had more time for things family-history related.
  10. I wish there was a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.
What's on your wish list this Christmas?

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One thing that both my maternal and paternal grandparents had in common was that they were married in the same church, Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Detroit. They joined "Hearts" parish when they first got here, married, and then moved clear across town and joined other Polish parishes. This church had a most controversial beginning and some of its earliest history appears in my most recent novel, Hear the Linden Tree. It is an absolutely beautiful church, very large (the largest in the Archdiocese of Detroit), with award winning stained glass windows and the most dazzling Christmas midnight Mass you'll ever see. I am a member of this parish and I bought this ornament in the church's gift shop.


  1. Dear Jasia,

    Have you been a good genealogy girl this year? Have you pursued your research, visited web sites, cited your sources, written a book, and shared your knowledge with others? Santa needs to know these things, you know.

    Or have you been a naughty genealogy girl? If so, please tell Santa about it :)

    Nice list - I wish that all your wishes come true.

    Regards -- Randy

  2. I've been a really good genealogy girl this year. Santa will be really proud of me. I've done my share of research, visited many, many web sites, I share lots of knowledge on my blog, and I always cite my sources ;-)

    Naughty, no not me. Well, maybe once or twice. OK, maybe just for a minute when I was writing my novel. OK, OK! Maybe it was a few minutes or an hour or so. It's hard to keep track of time when one is writing a whole novel. Now that I think about it, it might have taken me a couple of days to write that scene...

    Maybe I'm getting coal :-(

  3. Quite the list!

    I've recently been asking my Grandmother to jot down her recipes.
    She has quite the wealth of knowlegde in the kitchen, and it would be a shame to lose it all.
    I don't have to worry about my mother howver, as quite frankly, she dosen't have any worth remembering. =)

    Hope Santa treats you well!

    Ralph Link
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  4. Last year for Christmas, my uncle sent me a cookbook that had belonged to my great-grandmother and then my grandmother. It's the kind that has pockets for putting in your own recipe cards. Half the recipes are the kind torn off of cans and boxes of foods, but the other half are written by Grandma and Great-grandma themselves. Such a treasure, but all the paper is highly acidic and deteriorating rapidly. I guess I'm going to have to invest in some archival storage materials...and quickly!