Thursday, January 31, 2013

Family History Fun

Family History isn't always serious as noted in the following comics

Luke has a sister!


Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Letter G---Family History Through The Alphabet Challenge

The Letter G
G is a cute letter. It's fun to write, as well as to think about all the Great words that begin with G  ---Giraffe, Goat, Goose, Grape, Grand, Graffiti, Gradual, Giant, Graduate, Good, Gorgeous, Goofy...etc

For today's blog the Letter G is for Gramma Witt--I used to lament that my gram wasn't like other grams. She didn't stay home and bake cookies and pinch cheeks, she was always on the move being adventuresome and visiting with friends and family.

My Gramma Witt was a strong women, independent and smart. 

During the war (WWII) and for sometime afterwards, gram worked in the engineering department at the Bell Aircraft Factory in the Town of Niagara, New York.

She actually went to college and did something with math studies. This was quite an accomplishment for a women during that time in the USA.

 My gram, Bessie Marie Kersten, was born 29 September 1923 Tonawanda, Erie, New York, to parents Nellie Elizabeth Bailey and Fritz Franz Kersten. 

She was married to my grampa, Dewey Henry Witt, September 1947. I was excited to find a 1947 newspaper article with their engagement announcement in it. 

Even though she was married she still had a job. My mom told me that at one time, gram worked at the local restaurant, making pies. 

Hmmm this may be one of the reasons she always had plenty of pies for the holidays; in fact she would try to know all of the guests favorite pies, and then make sure every pie was available for the holiday meal.

---I remember one year where there were more pies than there were entrees.

Years before I was born Gram and Grampa got a divorce. When Gram got the divorce she changed her name to Marie Kersten Witt.

I have created a blog just about my Gramma Witt.

Kelly Hamon


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Letter F---Family History Through The Alphabet Challenge

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The Letter F

When I think of The letter F I think of the words faith, family and friends as well as fun.

Every family member past, present and future has had some type of impact on me. 

I am made up of little parts of every member of my family tree, the sum of the parts is more than the whole. I am the culmination of every generation of my family.

Family has a lot to do with faith---faith in a higher being, faith in values, faith in people/society, and faith in oneself. 

As you contemplate your past, present and future family, ask yourself---what do I want my family now to become, to believe, and how can I effect that.

As a child everything revolves around family, it's where you get your physical, emotional and spiritual nourishment---it's your center. 

As you get older around teenage-hood, friends and society become so important. It's funny how life has a way of doing circles; as you get older, you go back to the first place you got your nourishment and better realize the value and strength of family. 

It's important to point out here that it's ok if you have not always had a good family, because you can create your own....not all good people came from good families. Family can be defined many different ways too:
Little Family Fun: F is for FAMILY

Not all families look alike, some have one parent, some families are extended family, some are not even related, some friends become like family, whatever the case, a sense a family is important in every life.

 Kelly Hamon

Monday, January 7, 2013

FamilySearch now has two new search features.

The new features are as follows:

1) Restricting Results by Record Location & Type

2) Searching the FamilySearch Catalog Using Multiple Search Terms

Take a look for yourself Familysearch

Why Keep a Journal?

"Your story should be written now while it is fresh and while the true details are available. Your private journal should record the way you face up to challenges that beset you. Do not suppose life changes so much that your experiences will not be interesting to your posterity. Experiences of work, relations with people, and an awareness of the rightness and wrongness of actions will always be relevant. Your journal, like most others, will tell of problems as old as the world and how you dealt with them."

"Begin today...and write... your goings and your comings, your deeper thoughts, your achievements, and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies."

"People often use the excuse that their lives are uneventful and nobody would be interested in what they have done. But I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations. Each of us is important to those who are near and dear to us—and as our posterity read of our life's experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted."

Spencer W. Kimball, "President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals"