Friday, September 18, 2009

Carnival of Genealogy, 80th Edition

Welcome to the September 18, 2009 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy! The theme for this edition is "Family Fun"! We're writing about fun events our ancestors may have attended "back in the day". We go around the world with fun events happily remembered and reported by our contributors. From a tiny mountain town in West Virginia to the streets of Sydney, Australia and back again, our ancestors made time for fun and good cheer! So make yourself up an old fashioned ice cream float and come take a whirl... the Carnival is open for business!

Dorene from Ohio presents Tom Parker at Cedar Point posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay. The many grandchildren and great grandchildren of Leroy and Ada Parker spent summertime days and nights having fun at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky. This post pictures oldest grandson Tom Parker, along with other family members at the historical park.

Linda Hughes Hiser presents Carnival of Genealogy 80th Edition--Family Fun posted at Flipside, saying, "My grandparents loved to "kick up their heels" at Danceland in West View Park and even won an prize or two."

Cyndi Beane Henry presents Not Fair! No Fair! posted at Mountain Genealogists, saying, "Even rural farmland folk had fun! And my family was no exception!"

Charles Hansen presents World Columbian Exposition posted at Mikkel's Hus, saying, "My grandfather's watch fob from the 1892 Worlds Fair in Chicago"

Carol presents Carnival of Genealogy, 80th Edition, Family Fun, at the Amusement Park posted at Reflections From the Fence, saying, "Our family enjoyed amusement parks, as do most families. This challenge was a bitter sweet one, as we remember 4, only one of which is still amusing families."

Jasia presents Creative Gene: Michigan State Fair... Were Your Ancestors There? posted at Creative Gene. I'm sad to say that due to the same budget shortfall that caused all the recent concern over the possible Library of Michigan closing, the Michigan State Fair (the oldest state fair in the U.S.) is no more. Our last State Fair was held Aug 28 - Sep 7, 2009. I visited the fair and imagined how it was back in my grandparents' and great grandparents' time. Here's what I experienced...

Greta Koehl presents Family Fun: The Old-Time Settlers’ Reunion posted at Greta's Genealogy Bog, saying, "One type of fun that must have been a "be there or be square" event for some of my ancestors would have been the old settlers' reunions, an occasion to remember an area's history and to honor the people who made that history."

Geniaus presents When the Queen came to town posted at Geniaus, saying, "Memories of Queen Elizabeth II's visits to Sydney"

M. Diane Rogers presents The Vancouver Exhibition, 1927 - Carnival of Genealogy posted at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt', saying, "The Vancouver Exhibition each year was always a big event, one most children looked forward to each summer. My dad and his brother would have been no different."

footnoteMaven presents Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis posted at footnoteMaven, saying, "We were a fair going family. Going to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Everyone left the Fair with stories to tell friends and families; memories that lasted a lifetime. In my Grandfather's case more than a lifetime."

Carol Genung presents Carnival of Genealogy, 80th Edition - The 1964 New York World's Fair posted at Illuminated Ancestries. Check out this very neat souvenir!

That wraps up this edition of the COG. And now it's time for a Call For Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Your Genealogy Blog's Obituary. If your blog ended or was lost/deleted today, how would you write it's obituary? What were the highlights of your blog? What is its history? This theme was suggested by Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe who will be hosting this next edition of the COG. You can read about the inspiration for Schelly's choice of topic here. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2009.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form. Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the "comment" box of the blog carnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you've written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Thanks for the poster, fM!

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