Second anniversary of my blog – sharing and learning in community with other genies around the world.

Today is my second anniversary of blog-writing. It’s been a fascinating journey and one which has taken me on a different path from what I originally anticipated. When I began I wanted to share information on “my” Dorfprozelten immigrants, try to attract anyone with Broadford or East Clare ancestry and share some of my family … More Second anniversary of my blog – sharing and learning in community with other genies around the world.

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 24th December – Christmas Eve

How did you, your family or your ancestors spend Christmas Eve? Christmas Eve is an interesting day because depending on which day it falls can affect what happens for much of the day. Unless Christmas was on a Sunday, Christmas Eve has usually been spent at work and as this was a peak admin workload … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 24th December – Christmas Eve

52 weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week 50: Gift giving, Secret Santa and Kiva

The topic for Week 50 in Amy Coffin’s and Geneablogger’s 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History series is: Holiday gifts. Describe any memorable Christmas gifts you received as a child. As I was travelling I missed posting on the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories on 10th December when the topic was Christmas Gifts: What … More 52 weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week 50: Gift giving, Secret Santa and Kiva

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 23rd December 2011 – Christmas Sweetheart Memories

Do you have a special memory of a first Christmas present from a sweetheart? How did you spend your first Christmas together? Any Christmas engagements or weddings among your ancestors? The Christmas season has been pretty unpopular as a marriage time for those on my family trees: probably because it’s just too hot here, but … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 23rd December 2011 – Christmas Sweetheart Memories

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 22nd December 2011 – Christmas and Deceased Relatives

Did your family visit the cemetery at Christmas? How did your family honour deceased family members at Christmas? Our family didn’t visit the cemetery at Christmas nor was any mention made of family members who died around this time. I guess when family members die at this time, the ones remaining just want to reflect … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 22nd December 2011 – Christmas and Deceased Relatives

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – 21st December 2011 –Christmas Music

What songs did your family listen to during Christmas? Did you ever go carolling? Did you have a favourite song? The Christmas carols I remember most from my childhood were Adeste Fidelis and Silent Night. Then when I got a small record player in my high school years we bought a new Christmas LP and … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – 21st December 2011 –Christmas Music

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 21st December 2011 – Religious Services

Did your family attend religious services during the Christmas season? What were the customs and traditions involved? My mother and I were always church goers and my father would very occasionally join us for Midnight Mass even though he wasn’t a Catholic. Christmas, like Easter, had many phases to the preparation for Christmas including the … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 21st December 2011 – Religious Services

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 19th December 2011 – Christmas Shopping

Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers is encouraging us to celebrate the 2011 Christmas season with a series of posts called the Advent Calendar of Memories. This is today’s entry. How did your family handle Christmas Shopping? Did anyone finish early or did anyone start on Christmas Eve? Christmas cooking might have been left to the last … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 19th December 2011 – Christmas Shopping

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 18th December 2011 – Christmas Stockings

Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers is encouraging us to celebrate the 2011 Christmas season with a series of posts called the Advent Calendar of Memories. This is today’s entry. Did you have one? Where did you hang it? What did you get in it? Do you have any Christmas stockings used by your ancestors? What a … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 18th December 2011 – Christmas Stockings

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 16th December – Christmas at School

What did you or your ancestors do to celebrate Christmas at school? Were you ever in a Christmas pageant? While I can remember (some of) my children’s Christmas pageants, I don’t have any recollection of my own. In Australia school finishes a couple of weeks before Christmas so it’s a frenzy of school concerts, carols, … More Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: 16th December – Christmas at School