Saturday, August 04, 2012

Carnival of Genealogy, 120th Edition

Welcome to the August 4, 2012 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic for this edition is: business and commerce! This time around we are writing about the entrepreneurial spirit in our families. We dedicate this edition to those gutsy folks on our family trees who preferred to take a chance on being their own boss rather than work for someone else. Big corporations may be better known but "mom and pop" small businesses are the heart and soul of our world. Hat's off to all the entrepreneurs in our families!

I think you'll enjoy reading about the small business owners in our families. There are some wonderful period photos included in our articles too. Please pour yourself a cool refreshing libation and pull up a chair in the shade, by the beach, or in your comfortable air conditioned home. The Carnival is back in town!

Geniaus presents Geniaus: 120th Carnival of Genealogy - Business and Commerce posted at Geniaus, saying, "Aussie battler, Frank Duncan, tried his hand at a few businesses and was spectacularly unsuccessful."

Sherry Stocking Kline presents Carnival of Genealogy – Our Family Business Was a Wheat and Dairy Farm posted at Family Tree Writer, saying, "Our family farm might have been a family business, but it was a part of all of us, our heritage, our lives, our home."

Donna presents The Iceman Cometh posted at What's Past is Prologue, saying, "Donna Pointkouski presents "The Iceman Cometh" to tell - and show - her grand-uncle's beginnings as a businessman."

Julie Goucher presents Anglers Rest: Carnival Of Genealogy 120 - Business and Commerce posted at Anglers Rest, saying, "The first steps in researching the business of an ancestor"

Kristin Cleage Williams presents Cleage Printers posted at Finding Eliza, saying, "My uncles Henry and Hugh Cleage owned and operated Cleage Printers on the West Side of Detroit for a decade during the 1950s and 1960, printing handbills for stores and whatever else they wanted to print."

Cynthia Shenette presents Business Profile: Helen's, 39/41 Millbury St., Worcester, MA posted at Heritage Zen:, saying, "My great-aunt, Helen Bulak, opened a millinery shop in Worcester, MA in November of 1918 with a $100 investment. She remained in business at the same location until she retired on October 30, 1973, 55 years later!"

Cheryl Schulte presents Two Generations of General Store Owners posted at Two Sides of the Ocean.

Nancy Messier presents Meinzen Confectionery, Steubenville, Ohio posted at My Ancestors and Me, saying, "Candy store or cigar store? I hope it was a candy store!"

Dawn Westfall presents COG: Timmer = Hammer; Eight Generations of Building posted at Wisteria, saying, "We have a proud heritage of nearly two hundred years and eight generations of building in our family. Come see the beautiful work that's been done."

Jasia presents The Family Bakery posted at Creative Gene. I grew up hearing stories about my grandparent's bakery. I grew up eating bakery bread and pastries too. To this day all it takes is the scent of freshly baked bread to take me back to my childhood...

Carol presents 120th Carnival of Genealogy :: Business and Commerce :: Donald E Bowen the Entrepreneur posted at Reflections From the Fence, saying, "Spotlighting one of my father's entrepreneurial escapades."

Jessica Stern presents The Family Business: Electric Motor Service Co., Appleton, WI. posted at The Brick Wall Climber, saying, "This is my first contribution to one of the carnivals. I wrote about my grandfather's Electric Motor Repair business, which I was inspired to research after finding photos of it that he had taken."

Joan Hill presents 120th COG's Business and Commerce: A Life To Be Dreamed posted at Roots 'n' Leaves, saying, "My McPherson family seem to have an affinity for building, nurturing and owning their own businesses. This story is about one aunt and her dream."

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. I hope you enjoyed reading about the business-minded folks on our family trees. I'm shamelessly going to plug small businesses here by encouraging you to support (shop at... don't just look!) your local small businesses on "Small Business Saturday" (and year 'round too).
From Wikipedia: Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday created by American Express, held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the COG will be: Great Discoveries. We've written about the Happy Dance before in the Carnival of Genealogy but it has been 3.5 years since then. I figure it's time to once again share your latest discoveries, the ones that put a smile on your face, brought a tear to your eye, or for whatever reason made you say, "wow"! Write up your exciting discoveries and share them with us in the COG. The deadline for submissions is September 1st.

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