Thursday, October 04, 2007

Carnival of Genealogy, 33rd Edition

Welcome to the October 4th, 2007 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic for this edition is: Weddings! We didn't have a lot of submissions for this edition of the COG (Which surprised me... I thought this would be a very popular topic.) but you'll still find a wide range of articles about family weddings and wedding customs. So, as they like to say in show biz, "on with the show!"

Starting us off today, Randy Seaver presents The Wedding I Really Appreciate posted at Genea-Musings. This is a Norman Rockwell story come to life. Randy writes so fondly of his family, we're always left with warm feelings. Thanks for sharing them with us, Randy!

Next up, footnote Maven presents Wedding In "Nirvana" posted at footnoteMaven. Opulence, excitement, New York high society... Maven's family was there for it all. She gifts us with her storytelling in words and pictures. Not to be missed! Thank you for sharing, fM!

Becky wrote an interesting article, Nothing Special, A bit of a Mystery posted at kinexxions. This is an example of a wedding and a mystery rolled into one. We're left with a big unknown at the end... what ever happened to James Joslin? Wonderfully written, Becky!

And next we have Craig Manson presenting My Families' Weddings posted at GeneaBlogie. Craig writes a touching story of some of the most important weddings in his family, ending with that of his parents. Very well written, as always. Thanks for sharing, Craig!

Next, Janice Brown shares with us "A Funeral And A Wedding" in Colonial New Hampshire posted at Cow Hampshire. Here's a great example of genealogy research at it's best. This wedding story has all the components of a family history woven into a tale of romance. Excellently done, Janice! Thanks for sharing!

Up next, Terry Thornton presents Toadvine, Bridge, and a Car: Three Thornton Weddings posted at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, saying, ""Fancy" weddings do not seem to be a strong tradition among my Thornton family. But there does seem to be a pattern of unusual places for weddings --- Toadvine, bridge, and a car are three that come to mind." Terry is a natural storyteller and his posts are always great reads. In this one he includes a photo that is just a fabulous period photo of flapper-era fashions. Check it out! Thanks for sharing, Terry!

Coming up next, John Newmark presents August 31, 1902 posted at Transylvanian Dutch. Here's a well researched article on a London wedding from 1902. Very well presented, John. The illustration was a very nice touch. Thanks for sharing!

Next, Bill West presents ORPHA posted at West in New England. A story of brief happiness and much despair, followed once again by happiness. Such is life for each of us... a series of ups and downs. Wonderful, touching story, Bill. Thanks for sharing!

article is next, No Dates, No Honeymoon posted at Apple's Tree. Here's a great example of recording the details of your parent's wedding. I could really relate to the story of a courtship that just sort of evolved into marriage. My own parent's story is the same in that respect. Not all marriages were based on love, passion, and desire. Some were much more practical or serendipitous. Thanks so much for sharing, Apple!

Lori Thornton
presents Bride & Dog posted at Smoky Mountain Family Historian. Lori shares with us a bit about her grandmother, Gillie Mae Hester. Included is a lovely photo of Gillie Mae on her wedding day, outdoors with a dog no less. Interesting to ponder why the dog was in the photo. Check it out and let Lori know what your guess is. Thanks for sharing, Lori!

Joining us for the first time, Anthony presents Beginning A Life Together, The Story Of My Grandparents, posted at The Lives and Times... of Anthony McCune. Here's a nice, "happily ever after" story if ever I heard one. Nicely written, Anthony. Thanks for sharing your grandparents with us!

And last but not least, Jasia presents An Introduction To Polish Wedding Traditions , a series of five articles posted at Creative Gene. And I thought I came from simple country folk... Ha! My ancestors were anything but simple as I found out when researching this topic. Check it out and see if you don't rethink your image of peasants as simple folk!

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. Thanks to all who submitted their wedding articles. You guys are the best! And now comes the Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the COG will be: Halloween and the Supernatural! Lots of latitude with this edition... stories of haunted houses, ghosts, any superstitions, voodoo, stories of Halloween parties or traditions, trick or treating, good luck charms, curses, ... Was there a witch in the family? How about a black cat? Anyone have bats in the house? Is there a legend about a spooky place in your neighborhood? What was your favorite Halloween costume? Any funny scarecrow stories? Did grandma have a magic potion? Any stories of ancestors rising up from the dead to haunt people? What about bizarre happenings on the night of a full moon? Bring on your hauntings and horror stories, humorous and happy ones as well... let's show 'em genealogists don't just have a sense of humor, but a sense of the macabre as well!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2007. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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  1. Jasia, Thanks for another good COG! I've finished reading all the submissions for the 33rd edition and am amazed at the range and talents on display among these writers. Thanks for letting me be a part. And I am still amazed at those Polish proposal customs -- swat! and vodka! What a lovely tale. Thanks for sharing your history with us.
    Terry Thornton
    Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi

  2. Jasia,

    I agree with Terry. I am in awe of the wonderful way you bring such a diverse group of bloggers together. I enjoy your choices of topics--they make me stretch my mind and my research talents. Thanks for all that you do.

    And... it is never the quantity, but rather the quality. I thought that the articles submitted were very interesting and well written.


  3. Thanks Terry and Janice for your kind remarks. Coming from you guys that is high praise indeed.

    I have to agree with you Janice that it's about quality not quantity. And we certainly have top quality authors and genealogy researchers writing for our online magazine. I was just surprised that we didn't set an all time record for number of submissions for one topic. I thought "weddings" would be that popular. In fact, I almost changed my mind about the topic at the last minute because I was worried that putting it together might be too much for me with my sore arm. It turned out not to be an issue for me :-)

    I'm curious to see what folks will come up with for the next edition. I think it's a more challenging topic and will require "putting on the old thinking cap" for some. But this group never disappoints!

  4. Funny... I read the topic for the next -- ghosts/witches, etc, and I thought, Bingo! Got something I can write on that.

    (of course, I prolly could have done something on weddings, too, but I'm STILL doing The War related posts)

    In fact, I might write two posts, an honorary one for last year around this time, which was about grave markers. I think that Doc M's mother's final illness and death this time last year made writing up that grave marker a non-starter for the Carnival. Will look at the entries and read, read, read. (And update the last COG to point to this one, too)

  5. I enjoyed your series on Polish wedding customs. I was surprised by how quickly things moved along from the first visit by the swat!

    The next carnival topic is a tough one for me. You're right, I will have to put my thinking cap on!

  6. Jasia,

    Once again, you've done a terrific job of putting the COG together! I wanted to submit some posts, but illness got in the way. I have finally posted two articles regarding weddings: "The Mystery of the Marriage of James L. YORK and Mary 'Mae' E. McARTHUR," and "Three Generations of Wedding Dresses."

    Hopefully, I'll get the next COG post submitted in time!