Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Do you Hear What I Hear?

Said the footnoteMaven to the Bloggers all
Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing thru the web, Bloggers all
Do you hear what I hear?

A song, a song
With a Christmas Ring
Why it must be Blog Caroling
Why it must be Blog Caroling 

Thank You All For Keeping This Tradition And For Sharing.
Sharing is what Christmas is all about!
I enjoyed each and every one of your carols
I listened to all the beautiful arrangements
and I loved them!

Merry Christmas!

Come Blog Caroling With Us
Songs, songs
sung by a choir of
Genealogy, Family History and FaceBook Angels,
Blog Caroling!

Open The Great Blog Caroling Songbook!  

Select the name of the Blog, person or carol to sing along.

This year Mr. Maven has asked to join Blog Caroling. His favorite carol is Chuck Berry's Run Run Rudolph found here on YouTube. I think he has the Christmas Spirit.

DearMYRTLE's contribution to footnoteMaven's Tradition of Blog Caroling 2014 includes the thought: "...and become as little children..." Pat Richley Erickson directs us to the video of PS22 school children singing." All little children.
Dawn Kogutkiewicz tells us she posted the same song as Dear Myrt along with her Christmas wish for peace. 
Heather Wilkinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy is singing, "Over the River and Through the Woods."Thanks for hosting Blog Caroling again this year, FM!" It's my pleasure Heather. 
Bill West, of West in New England, shares my penchant for the Wexford Carol. Yes, Bill, my dear friend, "Great Minds."

Denise Olson, AKA Moultrie Creek, says it looks like we've got a long cold winter ahead of us so this year she chose I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm as my contribution to fM's caroling festivities. And we send you some extra love Denise, just in case you need it. Merry Christmas from us all!

Jennifer of Irish Eyes, writes - "Dear footnoteMaven, So very glad to see your tradition of Blog Carolling again this year. Hoping all is well with you. I posted my blog carol this past Saturday, but would be honoured to be included among those carolling along with you. Happy Christmas to you and yours!" The honor is all ours Love! Listen to her carol here.

Janet Iles, Janet the Reseacher, selected Candelight Carol. It is a contemporary carol. I agree Janet, it's so difficult to pick a favorite. I love listening to all of you.

Cheri Hudson Passey, Carolina Girl Genealogy, directs us to a family tradition and now a blog caroling tradition. Only one more sleep till Christmas.

Kristin of Finding Eliza's carol for this year is Silent Night by Sweet Honey in the Rock. And it gives you a great deal to contemplate. Peace on Earth, Kristin.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze, of Olive Tree Genealogy says, "Here is my carol - it is the first Canadian Christmas Carol and it's beautiful. Sung in the Huron native american language, then French, then English. First Canadian Christmas Carol." I LOVE this!

Eileen Souza at Old Bones Genealogy, carols her favorite Mary's Boy Child. So beautiful, Eileen!

Ginger Farnsworth - I am not a blogger but so want to join the caroling. I've just posted this one on my Facebook page and am dedicating it this year to all of the animal rescue volunteers in our area. It is a favorite of mine.  Ginger  is a Facebook friend and you can find her favorite right here  on YouTube.
Ah, the beautiful Gini of Ginisology, celebrates her heritage - "My all time favorite each and every year for your Blog Caroling is Silent Night in German over at Ginisology ~ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all" Merry Christmas to you and yours, Gini.

Vickie of Be Not Forgot has a most interesting post for Blog Caroling. "God Didn't Choose Sides goes back 150 years . . . and includes three Christmas songs . . ."
Amanda Pape at ABT UNK - one of my favorite carols is "Emmanuel" -  Merry Christmas, everyone! A Very Merry Christmas, Amanda. This was absolutely beautiful.

Lisa Gorrell of My Trails Into The Past, carols The Twelve Days of Christmas! I love the carol, but never get those twelve days just right. Maybe next year.

Liv Taylor-Harris, of Claiming Kin, says, "Thanks Footnote Maven for hosting another wonderful year of blog caroling!" And thank you Liv for caroling your fun childhood favorite, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
M. Diane Rogers  of Canada Genealogy tells us, I know I'm really late joining the carollers, but I am singing 'All I Want for Christmas'. You didn't honestly think we'd start without you!

Oh, leave  it to our favorite legal eagle, Judy G. Russell to be unable to resist, You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch. So out of character. Or is it. Judy is after all a good friend  of the Monkster.

Facebook friend, Kim E Dolce tells us" I'm in the choir at church. We sing a lot of traditional carols, but I've never sung this one, which I love: The Cherry-Tree Carol found here on YouTube.

A faithful Blog Caroler, and good friend, Fran Langley Ellsworth of Branching Out Through The Years has chosen a modern carol, Mary Did You Know. A personal favorite.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen has fallen in love with this version of O Come Emmanuel featuring the Piano Guys. I  love it too Peggy.
Susan Clark says, "No blogging this year, but Odetta is singing me through the season." So reminds  me of you Susan. Rise Up Shepard.

Reflections From The Fence and the amazing Carol A. Bowen Stevens brings us a fourpeat. Love it just as much this year. The Little Drummer Boy

Deborah Hart Stock, our  own over-achiever gives us The 50 Best Versions Of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." And we certainly are! 

Now this is absolutely amazing, from Denise Anderson-Decina her favorite from Pentatonix, Carol of the Bells.

Georgia Genealogist is also  in love with Pentatonix and has chosen The Little Drummer Boy, as you've never heard it before. Yvonne, perfect!

Kim Cotton isn't seeing visions of sugar plums as she Blog Carols. No, she's seeing soup. The weekly Noon Pacific mixtape.

Sherry Stocking Kline, The Family Tree Writer, is caroling "Baby It's Cold Outside." And yes it is, Sherry. Bet the smile on your Mom's face is warming the room up though.

Joy To The World, from Tina Sansone brings to a close this year's Blog Caroling.

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Goodnight.
And Thank You For An Amazing Blog Caroling Book


carol. French carole. Originally a song to accompany dancing,
but later, by common usage, it came to refer to old,
Christmas-season religious songs.

Caroling, also known as wassailing, actually began in medieval times as a pagan ritual. The wassail, a hot beverage usually made with hot ale or mulled cider, was a ritual honoring the apple and fruit orchards in the dead of winter. Farmers went from farm to farm pouring wassail on the roots of trees while making a lot of noise to scare off the bad spirits responsible for making the days shorter and colder. Eventually the custom of going door to door singing and drinking became a Christmas tradition. (This is one of the many versions of the story of caroling, but all agree it is rooted in pagan ritual.)

Carols were formerly sung at large Christmas feasts and family dinners, in the open air on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, and at the time of public worship in the churches on Christmas Day.

You will note as you travel around caroling that the women singers far outnumber the men.

Perhaps this explains why:
In Pasquils' "Jests," an old book published in 1604, there is a story of an eccentric knight who, at a Christmas feast which he had made for a large number of his tenants and friends, ordered no man at the table to drink a drop "till he that was master over his wife should sing a carol."

After a pause one poor dreamer alone lifted his voice, the others all sitting silent and glum. Then the knight turned to the table where the women sat, and bade "her who was master over her husband" sing a carol. The story says that forthwith "the women fell all to singing, that there was never heard such a catter-walling piece of musicke."

Monday, December 22, 2014

Good Bloggers All This Christmastime

The Wexford Carol
("Good People All, This Christmastime")
(Enniscorthy Carol)

carol. French carole. Originally a song to accompany dancing,
but later, by common usage, it came to refer to old,
Christmas-season religious songs.

To Blog Carol I have selected probably the best known of Irish Christmas songs (and my very favorite carol), "The Wexford Carol." The Wexford Carol has roots reaching back to twelfth century Ireland, traceable to the proximity of the County and town of Wexford. The Wexford Carol was included in The Oxford Book of Carols and tells the story of the birth of Christ.

It is interesting to note that Christmas carols were rare in Ireland, but County Wexford has a 300 year tradition of handing down carols from generation to generation. Families in the area were each entrusted with a carol and with sharing that particular carol with the generations. During Christmas the carols were sung in the homes of these families and in the church by the choir. The choir consisted of six men who sang the carols unaccompanied.

Please sing along with this beautiful rendition; YoYo Ma and Allison Krauss performing The Wexford Carol.

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn
There was a blest Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide
The noble virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark how all things came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble oxen stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Prepare and go”, the angels said,
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find, this happy morn,
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.”

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the babe to find,
And as God’s angel has foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending to the Lord of Life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.

Merry Christmas

I hear you singing, my friends.
How I love Blog Caroling!!
What a joyous noise we will make
when we all come together to sing-along.

Remember, you have until midnight in
Hawaii, Today, to sing-along!

We will assemble Tuesday, December 23
to tour all the Caroling Blogs! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

fM's Tradition Of Blog Caroling

Yes, Geneabloggers it's time for fM's favorite Christmas tradition. From the comfort of my blog, with Hot Toddy in hand, my flannel jammies and furry slippers on, I will blog my favorite Christmas Carol on Monday, December 22. (I sing so much better online than in person!)

So my fellow GeneaBloggers, I challenge each of you to blog your favorite Christmas Carol - Blog Caroling. We'll all sing along! (Blog Caroling is posting the lyrics, youtube video, etc. of your favorite Christmas carol on your blog.)

Blog Carol between today and Tuesday, 23 December. Post a note to the comments for this article directing us to your Blog Caroling Post and I will create a listing of all our favorites. (Please list Your Name, Blog Name, Favorite Carol and the link to your post in the comments below.)

If you sing along with us, feel free to snag the Blog Caroling Songbook Badge above.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

He Died While Serving Us All!

I am a graduate of Esther High School, Esther, Missouri. There were 53 people in my graduating class and about 300 in our entire school. I knew everyone in our graduating class, the entire school, and in some cases was related to them.

Out of those 53 students two were killed in Vietnam. I toured the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial and found one of them, Delbert Reese, the boy who sat next to me in Mrs. Simmons' English class.

He was very shy, at least around me. He had a great laugh and a brilliant smile. I remember him as always being happy. We both belonged to the Scribblers Club, the club for writers, and had been in the school play together.

School in a small town during the sixties was very different than it is today. I remember Mrs. Simmons sent Delbert home from school with a note to his parents. He wasn't to come back to school until he got a hair cut. He was sporting a Fonzy hairdo and the twist hung down to his nose and covered his eyes. He went home, he got a buzz cut, he didn't object, his parents didn't object, and he returned to school. Could that happen today?

I looked back through my yearbook and wondered, "Was I ever really that young?" And then I looked at Delbert, who will be that young forever. For his sacrifice he deserves so much more than this simple blog post, so I am very grateful we have the Vietnam Memorial and that his name is there.

This is Delbert's yearbook photo and the activities listed for him:

Scribblers Club 2 yrs., Vice President 1 yr.
Science Club 2 yrs.
Paper Staff 1 yr.
Tennis 3 yrs.
Senior High Play 1 yr.
County Chorus 1 yr.

This is the photo of his name on the Vietnam Memorial

Full Name: Reese, Delbert Leon
Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
E4, Medical Specialist (ARMY)
Hometown: Esther
Home State: MO
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist – Other Groups
Marital Status: Single
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 1947-08-21
Tour Start Date: 1967-08-ll
Casualty Date: 1968-02-02
Death Date: 1968-02-02
Age: 20
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died
Died of: Guns, Small Arms Fire
Ground Air Sea: Ground Casualty
Body Recovered: Recovered
Country: South Vietnam
Province: Not available
Service: Army
Enlistment Type: Selective Service
Years Served: 1
Major Command: 4th Inf. Div.
Company D Co.
Battalion: 1st Bn

All of your classmates miss you and are very proud of you!


Monday, April 28, 2014

READ -- Write -- Publish -- Genealogy

What is the collective noun for a group of writers? This is a question I asked recently on Facebook.

The answer is, a "worship of writers." The term appeared in The Book of St. Albans, published in 1486. The book is said to have been written by Juliana Berners, the prioress of the Priory of St. Mary of Sopwell which is near St. Albans. She was a writer of heraldry, hawking and hunting. Most of the terms described aggregations of animals, but it was not limited to "Beestys and Fowlys," evidenced by other contributions such as an "eloquence of lawyers" and a "flight of stairs."

While you might imagine that a "worship of writers" origin had to do with the readers of books and their obsession with the authors, it is quite the opposite. In the Middle Ages writers needed a patron to survive and therefore would heap flattery on that patron in their writings. Thus, a "worship of writers."

Noreen Alexander Manzella was the first correct answer, and the first answer period. LisaMary Wichowski and Lynne Penniman Carothers also had the correct answer, but they all just "knew" the answer. Wish I was that smart.

There were some very humorous answers. My personal favorite was "Writers' Block" from Jana Sloan Broglin. To write that as a collective noun would be a "block of writers" or a "bloc of writers." Love it!

I have found no one collective noun for a group of genealogists, so let's get our wit working and offer a few for consideration.

I will start with a couple of tree references:
a "stand of genealogists" 
a "thicket of genealogists" 
and a research reference we are all familiar with, a "hoard of genealogists."
Here are a few contributions from Facebook friends.
LisaMary Wichowski - A 'query' of genealogists? (I knew the original answer from James Lipton's lovely book, was especially amused by 'unction of undertakers')
Patricia Brown - A hoven of genealogists
Patricia Brown  -- For the record - I meant "coven". Just looked up hoven and found out it means a "swelling" which could be correct if you are looking at photos of a group if genealogists together. 
Bruce Buzbee -- A body of genealogists 
Charlotte Sellers -- A forest of genealogists ... made up of many trees. 
David Foy -- A citation of genealogists. 
Ellen Rowan Taylor -- An obsession of genealogists. 

Deborah Hart Stock -- A besom of genealogists - because a besom broom is a collection of twigs and branches fastened together, and jumping over such a broom has in the past been one way of contracting a marriage, and thus the potential beginning of a family.
We can always use more, so let's get our wit working, offer a few for consideration.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bonjour, I'm A French Model!

Bonjour! I'm a French model. It must be true, you read it here on the internet. Right? Right. I love the point this State Farm television commercial makes. A point that is relevant to any genealogical research done on the internet. The moral of the story is that you and your work are only as good as your sources.

Who cares, and who should care?

It seems that the "genealogy community" hobbyist, expert, professional discussion is back. Everything old is new again. I gave an example of the discussion as it was in 1887 in an excerpt from a genealogy book I posted here on Facebook. The present discussion made the rounds of the blogs in 2007, and again in 2011. Nothing much has changed since then.

My opinion.

I am a genealogist. We are all genealogists who study or trace our ancestry. All. Period. Some would like to attach a level of competence to the individual person. Those names are, but not limited to, hobbyist, expert, professional, etc. What does any of that mean? We do not have a generally accepted definition of hobbyist, expert, or professional as it applies to the world of genealogy. We all have an opinion as to what the definition should be, but no generally accepted genealogical community definition.

Why don't we label genealogists well-known, known, and unknown. That could also define individual genealogists. Just as meaningful. Many of you will argue that the BCG standards are our guide. But they are only a guide to a genealogist's expertise if that genealogist has voluntarily been tested by those standards. Have you seen a list of those who have tried and failed their standards?

When it comes to the definition of hobbyist, expert or professional work product, we are again faced with no generally accepted definition. We do have standards of genealogical research and presentation of that work. And we do have opinions. So many opinions.

First, let me ask, "Why does it matter so much to you?"

Before you answer, may I say that I think I understand. I have several law degrees. I cringe when I see people online give a legal opinion or legal definition who have zero legal education. Then when I stop gritting my teeth I remember a simple truth. Their opinion is of no value to me. And if you are so quick to accept those opinions without investigating their credentials, shame on you. I am not going to waste my energy turning them in to the bar or the Attorney General for practicing law without a license. And I'm certainly not going to recommend them to anyone seeking legal advice. More importantly, I will investigate and form my own legal opinions.

What about you? You work hard on your genealogical research. You adhere to genealogical standards. Do you feel that your work is diminished by those who have no standards because they too call themselves a genealogist? Their standards are of no value to you and your work, and if you are so quick to accept their conclusions without investigating their sources, shame on you. Don't waste your energy turning them in to the Genealogy Police or the Citation Police. Don't recommend their work. You are only responsible for the standards of your own work.

Now if you want to change the fact that we are only responsible for our own work, come up with a definition, a guide, a standard, a license, a law,  something for levels of expertise! I think you will find it isn't as simple as you thought it would be.

In a 2011 post, Kimberly Powell of Kimberly's Genealogy Blog on asked:

    "How do we as genealogists strike a balance between encouraging sound genealogical standards and practices without discouraging family history newcomers who find themselves quickly discouraged by those same standards, which they often don't understand and find unnecessarily complicated? Isn't there room for genealogists of all viewpoints and varying skill levels? Can't we find a way to educate and encourage without beating people over the head with our genealogy ideals?"

These questions are as important today as when Kimberly Powell first asked them. Can we move on to solutions?

What do you think?

It's not as easy as it looks on TV.

 ~ Rosie O'Donnell ~

Who Do You Think You Are?

Monday, April 7, 2014

How To Write The History Of A Family - 1887

I found this book so interesting that I thought I'd share an excerpt with you.

It is evident the perception of the Genealogist/Family Historian hasn't changed much since 1887.

However, I have always thought that through education programs that set standards for research, writing, and production; and that teach the skill sets necessary to achieve those results, we will improve not only how others view us, but how we view ourselves. Seems my ideas aren't new either.
In this little volume it is scarcely necessary to vindicate the study of genealogy against those who assert that it is but an idle pursuit, for it may be presumed that those only will consult it who are already persuaded of the utility of preserving their family history. The reverence which is almost universally shown toward ancestors is but an extension of the commandment. "Honor thy father and they mother." All races of men seem to possess an instinctive feeling that a line of honorable ancestry is a subject for legitimate pride.

"Who are these graves we know not,
Only know they are our fathers."

But though many affect to jest at what they call "pedigree-hunting" there are few who do not feel more or less interested in knowing something of their own family history, however humble it may be; and that this is so is shown by the increasing number of those who now take some pains to trace it out and place it on permanent record.

Genealogy in the past was chiefly confined to tabular pedigrees, more remarkable for an imposing array of names and titles than for any just claim to be termed history. Still, a few family memorials worthy of the name were compiled as early as the seventeenth century, such for example, as the splendid history of the "Lives of the Berkeleys, written by John Smyth, of Nibley, about the year 1618. The independent family memoir, however, is a product almost exclusively of modern growth and though some valuable examples have been issued in England, it is in the United States that they are most numerous.

The necessity of accuracy and method is specially insisted on, and the reader's attention is drawn to the advantage of uniting the narrative with key-tables by means of a definite system of cross references, a combination which hitherto has been too much neglected by genealogists.

W.P.W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L.
How To Write The History of a Family
A Guide for Genealogists