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Monday, December 14, 2015

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Subscriptions Announcement

Hi everyone!  I wanted to make an announcement about subscriptions to Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine.  I've decided not to offer subscriptions for the 2016 year.  Magcloud does not offer an easy way to accept and order subscriptions.  It's very time consuming on my part to order each one individually.  I would rather spend that time gathering quality content for the publication.

If you had a subscription for the 2015 season, we are all caught up now.  So starting with the Spring 2016 issue, you'll have to order each issue individually.

I apologize for the inconvenience. 

Pam

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Genealogy - A Tiny Breakthrough!

A person could lose their minds going through endless lists of names, dates, documents and websites.
But today, I had a twinge of luck!!!  While searching for my grandfathers birth record, (he was born in 1907 so I wouldn't have thought it to be so difficult to find), I managed, by accident or luck, to find out exactly where my great grandmother is buried.

From things that mom had told me, I thought she was buried in Chicago near Hyde Park.  Nope!  She's buried in Kendallville, Indiana!  That's where she died and that's where she's buried.  Knowing the screwiness in this part of my mom's family, I first thought she was perhaps sent back to Illinois for burial.  It wouldn't have surprised me!

Anyway, I know the exact cemetery, the section and the lot number. 

Researching family history can be at times, morbid and sad.  My great grandmother lived a very short life but I will tell you, the woman lived!!!

So do I by any chance have any readers who live in or near Kendallville, Indiana?  If so, please email me!  I could use some help, that is if you're willing to run to the cemetery and snap a photo for me.

I thought while I work on the research for this book, that I would take the time to do a little something nice for myself.  I started a little cross stitch sampler early this morning:

Okay, so it doesn't look like much yet but it will.  It has kitties on it!  And ya'll know I love kitties!!  I hand dyed the fabric and I'm using Sampler Threads to stitch this.

I will get back to crazy quilting but I've been enjoying a little cross stitch.

So stay tuned for updates on my "crazy" family research and to see the kitties on the sampler when I get that far.

Oh, and did I mention that Editor Extraordinaire, Mary Anne Richardson has graciously agreed to edit my great grandfathers biography?  Trust me, with Mary Anne doing the editing, it'll be very enjoyable to read!

Sunday, December 06, 2015

A Few Handmade Gifts

In between my family history hunting, I made a few little gifts for Christmas.  I just finished these up yesterday:





It's been awhile since I did any cross stitch and I thought a few little simple projects would be fun!  For the bottom two, I hand dyed my own fabric.  All of the trims are hand crocheted.  These were fun to do so I may do a couple of cross stitch ornaments for Valentines Day.

On the genealogy front, I'm stuck!!!  It seems that all the "stuckness" revolves around my great grandmother.  I have my father in law's family all the way back to 1500's England but I can't find my great grandmother's birth certificate, death certificate or burial place to save my life!  I know where she died, what she died from and when she died.  I know when she was born and according to the 1900 and 1910 census, she was born in Michigan.  But nothing is written in stone until I have a vital document so the search continues!

Friday, December 04, 2015

Genealogy

You can do anything, but you can't do everything!

A few months back, my mom asked if I would do some research on a few members of her family.  Specifically, her grandmother and grandfather.  I said sure, thinking it would be a piece of cake.  Little did I know!

Putting a family tree together can be a lot of fun, especially these days with so many resources available online!  Obviously, I started with myself and worked my way back through the generations.

My mom's maternal grandparents easily fell into place.  Both sets of my dad's grandparents easily fell into place.  I knew their history anyway.  I've been hearing it since I was little and it all laid out pretty much as I had been told.

My father in laws family went as planned too.  I've mentioned this a few times here but in case you didn't know, my husband is related to the Kellogg's of Battle Creek.  W.K. Kellogg (who invented cornflakes) is my husband's 4th great uncle.  Pretty cool huh?  Yep, that part of my tree laid out just as I was told.  Piece of cake!

And then there are my mom's paternal grandparents.  The ones she wanted information on.  OMG!  I had no idea what I was getting myself into!  The research, the mysteries, the questions, the elusive information due to name changes, multiple marriages, the missing 1890 census...the list goes on.  All I can say at the moment is SOAP OPERA!

Although I'm little by little putting the pieces together (with quite a few surprises along the way), it's been a slow process.  I've been working between several different genealogy sites and thank goodness for newspaper archives!  I've run into quite a few brick walls but I've been breaking them down, one by one.

So why am I telling you all this?  First, because I haven't been around much lately, 2nd because I haven't had a lot of stitching to share lately and 3rd, because I've decided, with all the work I've put into this, that I'm going to put together a book about my great grandparents.

Okay, so you're probably thinking "boring"!!!  No, no, no!!!  There is nothing boring about these 2 people.  I had no idea and neither did my mom!

I think putting a book together on my great grandparents will be a really fun project and I'll share more information as I go along.   They both lived quite the interesting life!

Between doing the family research, working on the magazine and taking care of my house and cats, I haven't done too much stitching.  I did a few simple little cross stitch ornaments.  I like to stitch in the morning while I watch the news and drink coffee.

And I did get a couple of projects completely finished up:


So that's what I'm doing these days!

And while I'm here, if I have any readers from the Newark/Licking Ohio area who might be interested in answering a few questions for me, could I ask you to email me please?

Okay, I'm off to break down another brick wall!
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