The temperatures here in Northeast Ohio are finally getting cooler and it has given me the opportunity to start picking up in my attic a bit so I can once again scrapbook. I began this hobby a handful of years ago when I went to a crop at my Aunt Barb’s house. I had never done any sort of scrapbooking before but I went to her house with a kit my mother had purchased for me a few years before, and there my creativity sprung to life and I was hooked.
Until about 2 years ago when life seemed to take over and I just stopped. Sadly it also coincided with when my mother purchased herself a spiffier Silhouette cutting tool and gave me her old one. This was bad. My mother has been unhappy that I haven’t jumped at the chance to use the machine. The few times I have tried it’s been a disaster. But as with everything else in life, I have a Pinterest board I’ve started that will hopefully teach me the basics and allow me to use the Silhouette along with my other scrapbooking tools.
I’m still quite interested in working on my Family Tree. Here I discovered I had relatives living right here in town that I had never ever met. When I discovered this last week I couldn’t wait to get to my parents house the next morning (I take the kids over there in the morning and hang out until it’s time to take my son to school) and tell my dad that I had found his cousin. I was like bursting.
And then he shocked me. “Yes, I knew Viola lived here. I bumped into her when I was doing an inspection in the mid-90’s, she was an executive secretary.”
Really? The only relatives I knew of on my dad’s side of the family were in Johnstown, PA and Flagstaff, AZ. He went on to clear up some of the mystery surrounding his Aunt. Like my Great-Great Grandmother Mazie on my mother’s side of the family, my dad’s Aunt Genevieve seemed to elude me on his side. I saw where she got married just day’s before my Great-Grandfather passed away (he worked in the mines and he was crushed), moved to Akron, had 2 girls, her first husband passed, I knew from her mother’s obituary she had re-married, and that she lived in Akron until her death in 1964 at the age of 54. But I couldn’t find why she died so young.
When I discovered her daughter living so near, I was ecstatic thinking they could supply these answers. And maybe they will supply photos so I can find out what Genevieve looked like (so curious as my Grandmother always spoke so fondly of her). But here she passed from cancer. I am fairly certain my dad didn’t know what type of cancer, just that she had gotten sick a few months after she fell out of favor with my Grandfather, and he was very stubborn and he refused to speak to her. They were close in age (she was born in 1910, he in 1911) and he apparently never went and saw her while she was sick. My dad, who was in the Navy, took my Grandma to see her when he was on leave, and that was the last time my Grandma had the opportunity to see Genevieve.
As excited as I get learning about my distant family, it’s amazing how happy I am one minute about a find and how sad I can be the next when I find out more background information.
Tomorrow I’m taking a class at the library about the basics of working on a Family Tree, just in case there is some major thing I should be doing that I’m not. Then my husband is planning on spending the afternoon at his Aunt’s and I may take my time and utilize some of the software that the library offers free of charge. One is Ancestry Library Edition – as long as you are in the library it’s free to use. I love it as it gets me what I need without having to spend a monthly fee! And it’s nice for me as our local library is just about 9 blocks away so I drive down after dinner and try to find the information I need as Ancestry has access to some of the information that it’s a little vaguer when using the free FamilySearch.org. I like using it though, as my cousin who does live in Flagstaff is a member of the Latter Day Saints so I hope that eventually I’ll find more information because she has worked on the family tree in the past herself!
So I will try to be a better blogger. I often have thought about what I wanted to write – but then my children get on my computer and by the time they go to bed, I head their myself shortly afterwards because I’m so exhausted from waking up every day at 5:30 in the morning.
Wishing everyone a wonderful evening!