This week’s favorite posts:

  1. We’ve all seen some pretty bad spelling as we read through old documents.  I’ve never personally come across a Dorset accent though.  Wow.  Check out Caroline’s post A Strong Dorset Accent at Caro’s Family Chronicles.  I won’t complain about spelling ever again!
  2. I was so excited to read Those Places Thursday: Down on the Edwardian Farm over on Hibbitt Family History Blog.  I am a nerd and I love PBS/BBC shows.  I watched 1900 House and Frontier House and Colonial House and Texas Ranch House.  I think I watched one about WWII in England also.  I really don’t watch as much TV as it sounds.  I actually don’t even have cable/satellite.  Anyway, apparently there is another show that I now need to watch – Edwardian Farm!  Now I just need to figure out how to watch it, since I don’t get BBC Two.
  3. I have to mention Wendy’s post Wedding Wednesday: Milton Price Brittain & Nancy Garriott.  I love reading posts about my own ancestors.:)  I am descended through Milton & Nancy’s daughter Mathilda Jane Brittain.
  4. Cherie at Have You Seen My Roots? makes me so jealous with her seemingly neverending collection of funeral cards.  Her latest funeral post is A Double Rosbeck Whammy
  5. I loved Jo’s post Sports Center Saturday – NO SPEEDOS!  at Images Past. She has some wonderful old photos and a great sense of humor.:)
  • Nancy - February 5, 2011 - 12:35 am

    Thanks for pointing out these posts. I would have missed every one of them. I was hoping to be able to tell you that “Edwardian Farm” is available on DVD. It may be but my local library doesn’t have it yet. I’m looking forward to viewing it if I can find a copy.ReplyCancel

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Do people still bronze baby shoes?  I don’t ever see that anymore.  I know that I didn’t do it for any of my kids.

I kind of wish that I did though, because I absolutely love this little shoe.  Isn’t it beautiful?

It was my mom’s and I think it’s the perfect little family heirloom.

Do you have a bronze baby shoe?

  • Bob Kaynes - February 3, 2011 - 8:53 am

    SURE the moms of today still have their baby’s first shoes bronzed! Ck out to see how we’re doing it today!


  • Wendy B. - February 3, 2011 - 7:33 pm

    I have my dad’s bronze shoe!! I also have a little pink porcelain shoe that was given to my mom when she was born. I just love that stuff. So happy for you that you have something so special. =)ReplyCancel

  • Renate - February 3, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    LOL… I saved my oldest daughter’s baby shoes with every intention of having them bronzed. Here we are almost 29 years later, and they’re still perched up on the shelf (on display) in my family room – white and scuffed as ever. Perhaps I’ll get around to it before her 30th birthday, and present them to her, then! (Thanks for the reminder!) :)


  • Cheryl Cayemberg - February 3, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    How adorable! I will have to ask my mom if her parents bronzed any shoes. I know none of mine were. There are lots of things I would have liked to have done for my kiddos. This would certainly be one to add! Honestly though, I don’t think my kids wore shoes until they could walk. Unless you count slippers!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Casteel - February 4, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    That’s a Great heirloom. I don’t think I know anyone that has a bronzed baby shoe. I kept a baby shoe from both my boys but they are not bronzed… just the original scuffed up little white shoe. I love em. :-)ReplyCancel

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted a picture of my Great-Aunt Elvy and Great-Uncle Gunnar in their Swedish Dancing group.  Here is another picture of them, from the Seattle Times, April 23, 1933.  They are the ones dancing on the left.

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Wow, I’m getting this one in at the last second.:)

We’ll announce our best blog posts from the previous year (in this case, 2010) in the following 5 categories: Best Picture (that would be a photograph), Best Screen Play (story you would make into a movie including the cast), Best Documentary (investigative research), Best Biography, Best Comedy. Write up a blog post with links to your best articles in these categories and submit it to the COG! Feel free to use the iGene graphic if you’d like. The deadline for submissions is February 1st

The best of 2010!

Best Picture:
This year’s “Best Picture” award goes to 1900’s Schoolroom.  It is a beautiful old postcard-type photograph of some very well-behaved elementary school children.  Hands clasped and in their Sunday best in a small town Minnesota school.

Best Screen Play:
I would love to see a movie made from my Papa’s WWII experiences. He earned 18 battle stars and a purple heart while serving as a Marine on the USS Cabot in the Pacific.  I can’t even imagine what he went through.  His ship was hit by a kamikaze, which is when he was wounded.

Best Documentary:
The “Best Documentary” award goes to Those Places Thursday: Herencia, Ciudad Real, Spain.  It documents the history of this small Spanish town during the time period that my ancestors lived there.  I still have a lot of unanswered questions, but I learned a lot by doing some simple research.

Best Biography:
Looking through my posts, I realized that I’m severely lacking in full-up biographies of my ancestors.  Something to work on, definitely.  I chose a post entitled “Madness Monday:Hedger Pierce“.  I have still yet to find who his parents are, but I did finally find his death date!!

Best Comedy:
My Life is Laundry won for best comedy – although it’s true and I don’t know that I find it very funny!:)

  • Cynthia Shenette - February 5, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    Jen – Great choices. I especially love the schoolroom photo and reading about your Papa’s WWII experiences. I still love the laundry post!ReplyCancel

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Here is the inventory of Thomas Moorman’s estate, which was recorded January 27, 1767 in Bedford County, Virginia.  He was my 6th great-grandfather.  I was unsure how to transcribe the symbols and some of the strange abbreviations, so I have left them out for now.  If you know how to put them in (or where to find them on the keyboard)and what they mean, I’d appreciate it.  :)

Moorman’s Inventory
Inventory of the Estate of Thomas Moorman Deceased Appraised by the Subscribers Agreeable to an Order of  Bedford Court.

Negroes Viz + 1 Wench Named Moll S.60″0″0
1 Do. Do. Dinah 70″0″0
1 Do. Do. Moll 40″0″0
one Negro Fellow his Eye Sight fail + Named Sam 10″0″0
1 Negro Wench Named Hanah 55″0″0
1 Do. Girl Do. Jean S.40″0″0
1 Do. Do. Jude 38″0″0
1 Boy Do. Dick 45″0″0
1 Girl Do. Named Philis 30″0″0
1 Boy Do. Do. Gloster 20″0″0
1 Do. Do. Puter 50″0″0
Stock  38 head of Cattle a  46″10…..46″10″0
28 head of Hogs a 8  …….8″0″0
1 Yallow Bay Horse a 9  …….9″0″0
1 Gray Mare…7…..7″0″0
1 Dark Bay Horse…8….8″0″0
1 Sorrell Horse + Bell…8…8″0″0
1 Bay Horse…3…3″0″0
Potts…3 9….3″9″0
Pewter…5  12….5″12″0
Old Iron Axe and hoes plows…7″6″6
Beds + Furniture…40…40″0″0
1 Bag New Feathers…2 5…..2″5″0
House Hole Stuff Chares Table Desk…20″12″0
2 Silver Spoons…1″10″0
To sundrys amount….6″14″6
Given under out hands this 22 Decer 1766

Robert Russell
Robert Clerk
Chas Lynch

At A Court Held for Bedford County January 27th 1767
The Within Inventory and Appraisement of Thomas Moorman Decd Estate Returned and Ordered to be Recorded Teste
Ben Howard CBC

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