Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Carnival of Genealogy, 44th Edition

Welcome to the March 18, 2008 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic for this edition is: a tribute to women. March is Nation Women's History Month so we are taking this opportunity to pay tribute to women who have made an impact on our lives. This edition is full of stories of courageous, funny, strong, tender, and intelligent women... women who inspire us each and every day. Once you meet them, you won't forget them. They have made a difference in our lives. So pour yourself a tall glass of milk (in honor of the moms and teachers who always reminded us to finish ours), open up a package of Oreo cookies, and read on to meet some truly wonderful and inspirational women...

Starting us off today, Ken Spangler presents She Taught Me More Than English! posted at Beyond Fiction. This one may choke you up a bit but it will also teach you about an important life lesson. Don't miss this touching tribute to a very special woman. Thanks for sharing her with us Ken!

Lee Drew presents Grandpa Left Me What? posted at FamHist. From the title, you might wonder how this fits with our theme. But read this important article and see how researching one woman's descendants made an impact on many lives. And while you're there, say hello and welcome to this first time COG participant! Thanks for sharing your story with us Lee!

Bill West presents A LETTER FOUND, A WOMAN RECALLED posted at West in New England. Teachers are very special people. The ones we remember long after we graduate are the truly exceptional ones. Here is one such person, remembered kindly by one of her appreciative students. Thanks for sharing this special woman with us Bill!

Debra Osborne Spindle aka "Tex" presents, Women's History Month 43rd Carnival of Genealogy posted at All My Ancestors. Every once in a while you come across a person you feel a connection with, across the miles, and through time. Delilah is one such lady. Her spirit and conviction will speak to you. Stop by and meet her. Thanks for sharing her with us Tex!

Randy Seaver presents Abigail A. (Vaux) Smith posted at Genea-Musings. Randy tells us of an intriguing woman on his own family tree. He knows a lot about her but wishes he knew more. Stop by and read about his own, Dear Abby. Thanks for sharing with us Randy!

Chery Kinnick presents Brave Heart Yields a Gentle Touch posted at Nordic Blue. Esther would be proud to be remembered so well. Check out this loving tribute with a beautiful slide show that honors a woman who left this world too soon. Thank you for sharing Esther with us Chery.

Terry Snyder presents The Art of Painting Pictures posted at Desktop Genealogist. I was moved to tears when I read this article. It's a truly loving tribute that will warm your heart. Don't miss this one! Thanks for sharing Terry!

Craig Manson presents Mary Geraldine Sekul, 1948-2008 posted at GeneaBlogie. Craig writes a much deserved tribute to a woman who touched the lives of many. I know she would be pleased to be so well remembered, Craig. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Tim Abbott presents With the "Free Love" of a Suffragist: Esther Gracie Ogden and Votes for Women posted at Walking the Berkshires, saying, "My great, great aunt Het the Suffragist". This is a woman we would all be proud to have on our family tree. She not only talked the talk but walked the walk (and drove a Model T!) for "votes for women". We owe her a debt of gratitude for her efforts. Thanks for sharing Esther with us Tim!

Colleen presents Tribute to Women posted at Orations of OMcHodoy, saying, "What a great topic! Thanks for another excuse to spotlight someone I wish I'd known better!". I'm always touched when I read a tribute to someone who led an ordinary life but touched others in an extraordinary way. Marianne is one such person. Stop by Colleen's blog and read about her and then you'll have been touched by her too. Thank you for sharing Marianne with us Colleen!

M. Diane Rogers presents Scotty - 1914 to 2000 - Carnival of Genealogy posted at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt'. Diane shares her mum with us and you can't help but admire this woman. Joining the military in the WWII era was not a popular career choice for women. But this woman served her country well and met her husband while in service too. Stop by and read Diane's tribute. It's a good one! Thanks for sharing your mum with us Diane!

Smallest Leaf presents Small-leaved Shamrock: Irish women in America: our grandmothers' stories posted at Small-leaved Shamrock, Legacy of courage: a tribute to the women that came before us posted at 100 Years in America, and On babies and trans-Atlantic crossings posted at 100 Years in America. We have three great posts here... one includes a bibliography, one is a tribute to mothers, and one is an amazing reflection on the trials and tribulations of cross-Atlantic travel with small children. All good reads, check them out! Thanks for sharing with us Lisa!

David Bowles presents A Tribute to Rebeckah Mitchell Smith posted at Writing the Westward Sagas, saying, "It took a special kind of woman like my third great grandmother Rebeckah Mitchell Smith to be able to support a family in primitive early Austin, Texas and rescue a loved one from captivity by Indians."

Jewelgirl presents A CELEBRATION OF WOMENHOOD posted at Searching For Family Branches, saying, "What Best Describes a Women? I am very fortunate to have these photos and to know the ladies by name. I hope you enjoy them as a visual tribute to my female family ancestors". Beautiful.

Thomas MacEntee presents Will the Circle Be Unbroken? posted at Destination: Austin Family. Sometime pictures can say more than words. Here's a love story told in pictures. Very touching. Thanks for sharing this lovely woman with us Thomas.

Sharon Klein presents A Tribute to Immigrant Women posted at Genealogy. Sharon reminds us how difficult it was to adapt to living in a new country with a different culture and different ways of doing things. She highlights the struggle to assimilate while maintaining traditions. A thought provoking post. Thank you for sharing with us Sharon!

Laura presents Carnival of Genealogy # 44: Sarah Elizabeth (Williams) Reed posted at The Virtual Dime Museum. Laura shares a sad tale of Lizzie who had her fortune told and then wished she hadn't. Find out what happened to Lizzie in this very interesting story of her life. Thanks for sharing Lizzie with us Laura!

Janet Iles presents Women's History Month Salutes posted at Janet the researcher. Here's a wonderful tribute to Lil, Janet's grandmother. The photos are a great example of moments in time that tell the story of one woman's life. Very nicely done! Thank you for sharing Lil with us Janet!

Elizabeth presents My Mother, My Hero posted at Little Bytes of Life, saying, "A photo tribute to my mother." I'm sure this tribute brought tears to Elizabeth's eyes. I know it did for me. Thank you for sharing this lovely woman with us Elizabeth.

Ruth Stephens presents Bluebonnet Country Genealogy Blog: "Movin' on up..." posted at Bluebonnet Country Genealogy Blog. In Ruth's tribute to her MawMaw she shares happy childhood memories of spending time at her house. Find out what Ruth discovered in her own living room that links her with her MawMaw! Thanks for sharing your warm and happy memories Ruth!

Becky Wiseman presents Aunt Jane posted at kinexxions. And she presents her well! You've got to see Becky's photos of her Aunt Jane. They are so precious! Stop by and meet Becky's Aunt Jane and take in some great period photos! Thanks for sharing with us Becky!

Donna presents Hilaire Bergmeister: A Tribute to An Aunt posted at What's Past is Prologue. Here we have another tribute to an aunt with a little different slant. Stop by and meet Hilaire. Isn't that a lovely and unusual name? Donna has written a wonderful tribute to her. Thanks for sharing Hilaire with us Donna!

Lisa Alzo presents The Accidental Genealogist posted at The Accidental Genealogist, saying, "Great COG topic! Since it is National Women's History Month, I thought I would focus my research during March on my female ancestors. What strikes me most about the women in my own family tree is their strength in adversity, and their determination. My mother was the best role model a daughter could hope for, and the more I learn about what my grandmothers and great-grandmothers had to endure, the more grateful I am to have the opportunities I do. So, here's to Verona, Elizabeth, Maria, Anna, Ilona, and Barbara."

Lori Thornton presents Betsey Dearborn Taylor posted at Smoky Mountain Family Historian. Lori shares with us her tribute to Betsy. When I first saw the photo of Besty I was struck by what a beautiful woman she was. If she were alive today she could have been a movie star. She has timeless features and she aged beautifully! A striking woman to be sure. Thanks for sharing Betsy with us Lori!

Melissa McHugh presents The Mystery of Kate Lyden posted at in pursuit of a pedigree. Melissa has a great sense of humor that comes in handy when she's researching her great great grandmother, the elusive Kate Lyden. You just know this woman's life had lots of twists and turns! Stop by and meet Kate and see what Melissa has learned from her research efforts. Thanks for sharing Melissa!

Steve Danko presents Mrs. Katzman, Children's Librarian posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog, saying, "This one was fun to write!" Steve shares a memory from his childhood and paints a picture of a skeptical librarian that he wins over in the end. I'll bet Mrs. Katzman would be thrilled to be remembered so many years down the road Steve. Thanks for sharing her with us!

Terry Thornton presents Irish Roses and Irish Eyes Smiling Wildly posted at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi. Terry's tribute to his mother is very touching. You just know that she had to be a charming woman. As always, Terry paints pictures of his life in words and leaves them hanging on the galleries in our minds. Thank you for sharing your mom with us Terry!

John Newmark presents Myrtle Ethel Van Every Deutsch (1900-1951) - a timeline posted at Transylvanian Dutch. John shares with us the life of his grandmother, Myrtle. He presents her life in a structured timeline which I found very appealing and it made me think, "Why didn't I think of that?" It's such a great way to organize and present time oriented information! Thank you, John, for sharing Myrtle with us and for teaching me a new way of doing things!

Kathryn Doyle presents A Tribute to Anne Robinson posted at California Genealogical Society and Library blog, saying, "Please meet a special volunteer who personifies the best, rarely acknowledged, perk of active membership in a society." Oh if we all had Annes involved in our libraries and gen socs just think how much better off we'd all be! Such a pleasure to meet you Anne. Bless you for all you do! Thank you Kathryn for sharing this wonderful lady with us!

Jasia presents, A Tribute To My Maternal Anectors Part 1 and A Tribute To My Maternal Ancestors Part 2 posted at Creative Gene. This was without a doubt the most research and time intensive article I've ever written on Creative Gene. I'm pleased with the way it turned out and I hope that my maternal ancestors are too.

Denise Olson presents Cherokee Rose posted at Moultrie Creek. This is a truly beautiful tribute to a flower that transitions into a tribute to women who were very like the flower. Exception writing, tender sentiment... not to be missed! Thanks for sharing your wonderful Cherokee Roses with us Denise!

footnoteMaven presents ~No Place For A Lady~ posted at Shades of the Departed. In this, the inaugural post on her new blog, footnote Maven tells us of the life of one very special photographer. Stop by for a visit at fM's new blog and learn about one very special lady. Thanks for sharing her with us fM!

I must congratulate everyone on their tributes to the women who have had an impact on their lives. This was an especially wonderful edition of the COG because so many of the tributes came from the heart. It took me a long time to put it together because I was moved to tears so many times and just had to walk away for while. What a tribute that is to all of you who participated! When an author can stir your emotions and touch you with their words and pictures they have real talent. I sometimes wonder if you realize how very talented you are. I hope so!

That concludes this edition of the COG. Now it's time for a Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Cars as stars! Next to purchasing a house, a "new set of wheels" was the next most significant purchase for many families. What car played a starring roll in your family history and what roll did it play? Did your family build cars or tinker with them? Did they take "Sunday drives"? What was your first car? Was there a hangout that you frequented in your car? How far back can you document your family's automotive genealogy? Tell us your car stories... front seat or back! ;-) Vroom, Vroom! The deadline for submissions is April 1st.

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