Monthly Archives: December 2010

Joyful Finding of the Season

One of the most satisfying elements of genealogy is helping other people discover interesting things in their background and make a connection with their heritage. This Christmas season was no exception. My husband, Jim, and I spent Christmas in Colorado … Continue reading

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Communicating in a Variety of Ways

At our house, the sights and sounds of Christmas always include an array of Christmas cards, family newsletters, and photographic postcards.  But this year we have been receiving some greetings by email, blogs, Facebook and telephone.  Regardless of the mode … Continue reading

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A Beloved Person Remembered

He was born the last of seven children, the son of Fred and Jeanette (Sievers) Schwans on a farm near Bridgewater, South Dakota. His given name was Arthur William, but from infancy he was called Tom. His tombstone is inscribed … Continue reading

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It’s A Wrap

Shopping for Christmas presents is something I’ve always enjoyed. Wrapping Christmas presents is something I’ve never enjoyed. But holiday gift bags have made the task considerably easier. However, the bags are a more recent introduction. Oh, how I wish they … Continue reading

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Progress Between the Generations

Even though it doesn’t appear on my birth certificate, Comfort Creature could well be my middle name. First it was a crock pot, then a telephone answering machine, a microwave,  and a VCR, all of which have evolved to the … Continue reading

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Advent Wreath

Through the years our family has had an Advent wreath in anticipation celebrating the birth of Christ.  Composed of four candles each one represents the four Sundays of Advent.  Traditionally the candles have had an open flame, but this one … Continue reading

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Names on the Marriage License

On my parents’ application for marriage license (left) my mother’s name (Julitta) is spelled Joy.  My father’s surname (Schwans) is spelled Swans.  Was this done intentionally?  My parents were married in 1939, a year before they told anyone. One reason … Continue reading

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