I will post family history and photos so my family can see and copy and share our history.
You will find LABELS at the bottom of the page on the left. Use them to find your way around this Family History Blog.
Family Traditions change and grow with time and marriage. Marriage and family is basic to God's plan of Happiness. So with marriage comes the adding and combining of many loved family and cultural traditions. Thus our posterity celebrate Chinese New Year in Canada with Lucky Money and Grandpa Lee's homemade ice cream on the 4th of July.
When I was a child there was one door in my grandma kitchen the grandchildren could open. It was the toy cupboard. In it there were tin cans of many sizes, they fit inside each other. When we dumped them out and turned them upside down we could build tin can towers. There was also a box empty wooden thread spools and string for making 'jewelry'. When I empty a spool of thread I always think of my grandma's cupboard. Now the spools are all plastic, I miss the wooden ones. We knew to never touch the glass figurines and the Japaneses doll on the shelves in the living room.
My mother bought some toys for her grandchildren to play with but they were long broken before the youngest grandchildren came along.
My grandchildren play with the same toys their mothers played with as children. They can find them in their grandma's toy closet.
After growing up in Minnesota it is a small world when we find second and third cousin at church.
In New York City we find the the wife of the Stake President and 'B' have common grandparents. Grandmother Eva and great grandmother Ella are sisters. (Common grandparents - Herbert Henry HAWKES and Sarah Amy JONES).
In Atlanta 'T' has two good friends who are first cousins. Then we learn from facebook 'T' is their second cousin. Their grandmothers Amy and Camilla are sisters. (Common great grandparents - George Ensign SMITH and Amy Ella HAWKES.)
Twice in Salt Lake City we find cousins in the ward.
'B' makes a baby gift for a friend, when her mother and grandmother attend the babies blessing 'B' meets them. They have a sister/daughter living in NYC. 'B' is a third cousin to her friend. Their grandmothers Margene and Camilla are first cousins. (Common great great grandparents - Herbert Henry HAWKES and Sarah Amy JONES.)
A girl moves into the ward with a familiar name so 'J' asks "do you know Myrle"? Their grandmother's Camilla and Myrle are sisters. (Common great grandparents - George Ensign SMITH and Amy Ella HAWKES)