All About Mom

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Mom with Daisy the Wonder Horse

 

Let’s face facts… I am “Special.”  I am the oldest child of two oldest children.  My grandparents were the oldest children in their families (well, at least 3 outta 4 were).  This goes back to my Great Grandparents.  Needless to say, I come from a long line of bossy pants! 

When I had successfully chased down this fact along with other fascinating family trivia, I couldn’t believe the kinfolk weren’t standing up to applaud.  In fact, most of my family would  leave  the room when I mentioned my latest genealogy discovery.

Then it finally dawned on me, what everyone liked (a lot actually) was hearing the stories behind the photos and the stats.

Or, the tales of living at a certain address on a census page.  Clearly, it wasn’t that my effort was unappreciated.  What made them run screaming.. was the paperwork involved.  All black and white, no flavor, just the facts Mam.

So I took the lead (imagine that ) and started writing down the stories, keeping score of who was who,  and gathering the memories before they were swept away with the dust bunnies.  This is how I  got everyone to join in and actually enjoy the journey toward “back in the day!”  This is how you can do it too!

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87 thoughts on “All About Mom”

  1. After reading your blog I finally picked up and read about my grandfather from the family history book he put together. I have been meaning to take a good look at it since he gave them out to me and my siblings for Christmas in 1987! I remember helping to put the books together with the little screws and covers and pages as a kid, and I was very proud to receive it, but there were so many words! The entry about me was a few lines long, and told of how I was just entering year 2 at school and enjoyed housework. I’ve read that entry a few times over the years, and some (but not all) of the stuff written about my siblings and parents there.
    Now I wish I had read it before he died. He lead such an interesting life, and I could have asked him so many questions had I only shown an interest. So I have started asking questions, because my grandmother is nearing her 97th birthday, and has officially crossed over into ‘high care’ status, though my mum looks after her full time. I’m amazed at how little I had previously thought of these real people and their real stories.
    I have some questions for you: how much artistic license do you take when writing their stories? When does it cross over from family history to fiction? And is there a name for the genre you write in? A writing group I recently joined started a brief and soon cut short discussion about memoir vs biography and what each is and where they cross over, and whether there is a 3rd category for writing about people we didn’t personally know but have spoken about with people who did … Can you illuminate?

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    • Oh my Theresa! You have the bug–and with time and a 97 year old battling for the goods–you need to get to writing!
      The genre I write in is considered CNF (creative non fiction), but lately, its been elevated popularly to LNF (literary non fiction!).
      Everything I write is absolutely true–according to the information and stories I have gathered. Now, here is the caveat with the “Mom blog”–since I am telling tales on people who can still be alive or very close to those the story was about (and for the concerns of genealogy and identity theft) I do switch around names. The names are not real. They are selected ala’ Flannery OConnor–those who farmed are not my “Williams” branch, they are the “Farmers” branch. My Slavic immigrant grandparents lived in the city (an Urban area) and are slavic–so I gave them a pronouncable suffix to to Urban–and made them the “Urbanski family.”
      Follow?
      Also, if there is a specific date or location I’ll mix those around as well.
      I often speak of “twin” blogs–this public blog has a private twin by invitation only to immediate family, where everything is written with exact names, dates, locations, parishes–all of it. You might take a look at a post I did called “Duck and Cover.” It can give you some ideas about writing about rifts, discrepancies, the stuff writers know as “povs”

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  2. Mom, it’s an honor to have you visit my Attic, and if your able to find your way out from under the clutter, I hope you do so with uncontrollable laughter. But I’ll accept controllable. :O)

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    • I assure you that the state of my attic is quite compatible with yours 😉
      I love funny, quirky, real. Your attic has all that !

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      • Boy, I have I got to start searching around up here again! How did I misplace all of that? Oh the clutter up here. My wife is always telling me I’ve lost something, but she never bothers to tell me what. I’m guessing she meant it was the above. But seriously Mom, thank you. I hope I can always leave you laughing every time, or at least, leave you smiling. :O)

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  3. Thank you for checking out a couple of postings on Renaissance Musings. I do appreciate having you stop by.

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  4. Thanks for commenting on my blog!

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  5. Dear Mom, Just discovered you via Aunt Beulah, also really into family history. My sister lived in Indianpolis..look forward to the reads!

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  6. That’s so great that you are also “special”! I too, am the oldest of two oldest children, who are the oldest of their children as well. Because of this (and perhaps my family’s tendency to live long and marry fairly early), I had a great, great grandmother until I was 11 and two great, great grandparents into my late 20s! I did miss the bossy pants gene though. My younger sister took up that cause. Hee hee.

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  7. Bossy pants! Yes! Sister!

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  8. Awesome!! LOVE ❤ your blog!
    ~ Janae
    http://www.pinkhatsociety.wordpress.com

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  9. Thank you for liking my post on maker moments. I’m glad I found you – you are one interesting lady! I’m looking forward to digging through all your posts!
    Liz

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  10. Thank you for liking my blog post “Healing & Forgiveness”. It means a lot coming from a writer 🙂 I love your picture with the baby, it touched my heart…. I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂

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    • Ali,
      Thanks for writing that post. I love reading good writing and yours was enjoyable to read. It was from the heart and so it’s understandable and something nearly universal. The photo is my Grandma with my dad on her lap. She was very fabulous!!!

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  11. Thanks for the visit and liking my post http://maryaperez.com/2014/09/27/not-that-girl/. You have a wealth of information on your blog – great stuff!!!

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  12. Mom

    I started my blog, sort of in an vacuum (or so it seemed) with much he same objective as you describe–to capture some of the history of my family, mostly for my daughters. About half of the articles on my blog describe some aspect of my years “growing up on a farm in Virginia.” I look forward to reading your blogs.

    Thanks for the “like”. At this point every positive comment is encouraging.

    Merlin – Renaissance Musings

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  13. Thx for the recent comment on my blog. I will be back to check yours out more! You have a great writing technique and enjoyable.

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  14. Kassie, What a great idea for a blog. What a great way to get the family involved, too.

    Do you ever research people outside the family? I am fascinated with a woman from my new hometown who was a movie star in the early 1900’s. I find her story kind of disappears after her divorce in the 1940’s; she resurfaces 20 years later on a brief visit home, then disappears again until her death in 1982. I’ve been working with Ancestry.com, but wondered if you have any other suggestions for avenues to fill in the blanks.

    This vibrant, creative woman is so forgotten she’s buried in an unmarked grave. breaks my heart!

    Thanks for an inspiring site/post. The photos are wonderful.

    Best,

    Pam

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    • Hi Pam~
      What state is your elusive star from and buried in? Or, give me her name and I can give it a whirl. I know a few genealogists who know some states like the back of their hand, and just love a challenge!

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      • Her name is Eva Prout Geiger; born 1896 in Zanesville, Ohio, and died 1982 in Palm Beach, Florida. In between, she was a film star, the love of James Thurber’s life, on vaudeville…then disappeared and seems to be forgotten! Makes me so sad, and I understand how you became fascinated with the research!! Thanks for any leads, hints, and just for being a fellow searcher-of-the-past!

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      • Ok, let me poke around a bit and I’ll ask some folks who may have some good ideas for chasing her! To be continued 🙂

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      • Thank you so much for your interest. I truly was not trying to enlist your help when I posted; I appreciate this very much!

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  15. Mom…Nice blog..Great blog, actually ! Thanks for visiting me.

    John

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  16. I had a minor freak-out there for a moment because I had Wonder Horse AND I’m the oldest child of two oldest children, but once you hit the part about grandparents, my heart rate returned to normal because only one of them was a firstborn. {pant pant} Someone is *not* secretly writing about me. I love the concept of your blog, especially in light of losing my grandpa this summer. I try to tell my kids as many of his stories as I can, but really… I should write it all down. 😉

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  17. I love what you say about writing the stories down. A few years ago, my mother-in-law wanted to write about her family and she dictated to me. All who-married-who and where they lived… so boring. But once in a while, she’d say “let me tell you about…” and I’d start to type, and she’d say “oh! you can’t write that down!” But for a few stories, I remembered and entered them later – as footnotes. She never complained when I sent her the hardcopy.

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    • She didn’t complain because she could blame YOU for writing it down! hahaha!
      Some of these tales are just so wonderful, and inspiring in the face of our modern day trials and tribulations. I think it’s humbling to know that we’re descended from people who were not perfect, but obviously strong enough to get past that. It’s a great lesson to us all!

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  18. I’ve been trawling through my past for several years but now my son has time to help me (he lived 200 miles away ). I , originally, went to our local library where you could book an hour with someone to help download data free of charge. Unfortunately, the library moved and this is no longer available but though the experience of sadness, (seeing that my uncle died aged just 19 yrs in France during the war ) and delight in finding my father’s birth certificate (affirming that he was born in Tipperary as he had told us) , it is still exciting when each fact falls into place. Thanks, Mom for liking my blog, when I get a ‘like’ or a follow it makes me happy.

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    • Let me give you a “free tip” for a GREAT source of info available to anyone with an internet connection…use the webpage from Mormon church ! Its at http://www.familysearch.org They have so many great records, and all of them are free. Some cost a fee to view the orginal (because a pay service like Ancestry.com holds the viewing rights) but if you are persistent, and patient, you can get around that as well! A couple of times each year, Ancestry will run a “free sample” weekend. So as you are going through the family search pages, if there is something that you would like to see that is available for members of Ancestry…make note! Then you can go back later when they have a promo list and collect all of the goodies on your list! I hope you get to do more of this. It is a wonder and fulfilling pass-time/addiction 🙂

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  19. Yes! I had the same experience with my family. Once there were stories and interesting documents to read, pictures to see, and places to visit (including graves), my large extended family couldn’t wait to know more.

    It makes sense! Who wants to hear about an author’s research for the characters in a book? It is identifying with well-rounded characters in context that make us want to know more about them. The same is true in presenting our genealogical research to our relatives.

    I look forward to visiting here again!

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    • Ugh! That is the worst! Only a fellow family digger can get excited over the documentation…everybody else wants to hear the stories. And if truth were to be told…well, ME TOO 🙂

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  20. Thank you for reading my blog post Manor of Dreams and for deciding to follow my blog. I hope you won’t be disappointed.

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  21. Hi Mom, thanks for stopping by my “Another Great Adventure”! I perused you site and like it. If you liked the adventure one, look at some of the tales of living on a farm. I will be following you, too! We are full time RV’ers and now I am trying to write about sites we see on the road.

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  22. Love your blog! I can spend hours looking thru old family pictures and tracing deeper & deeper into the roots of the family tree!

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    • dk~ Be sure to check back, I’m adding some new features in the coming weeks. The tab at the top “How to Start” is new and there will be tons of “help” there to get started and to keep going!

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  23. Hi! I debated between posting for Mom or the author. 😀 I also had a good giggle when I found out “Mom” had liked one of my posts! I’m SO happy you stopped by and I got a chance to check out your blog. I want to sit down with a steaming mug of cocoa and go through it page by page. HA! That won’t happen with a baby in the house but I can dream, right? 😀 I adore what you are doing and since I love anything old and family history takes the cake, it seems like serendipity that you showed up at my virtual doorstep. Thank you! I hope to browse your words bit by bit in the coming weeks. Have a great day!

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  24. Thank you for visiting The Secret Weekend (Writer) Warrior. I have an elderly friend who’s writing her life stories. I think your blog will be a great inspiration for her.

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  25. annfrailey33 said:

    Great site as well as insight Neat idea you have.

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  26. Thanks for stopping by Creative Writing Ibiza! Family life is a rich source of writing material — best wishes as you continue telling your stories 🙂

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  27. I like the idea…it’s time to do this for my family.

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  28. Aloha and thanks so much for dropping by and liking my blog: Your Future Your Past. I love the photo of the little girl, is that you?
    I have lots of old photographs from my grandmothers and grandfathers that I would love to put stories behind them one day……
    You may enjoy my website that’s all about Family History at http://familyforest.com
    Happy Easter.

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  29. Hi, Mom! (Been a long time since I did that!) Thanks for stopping by nightlightblogdotcom and liking my post on Matthew’s genealogy. You mentioned a census page. I have a copy of a 1930 census page with my grandparents’ and mother’s name and address on it. She was 15. It was really neat the first time I saw it. Grandma came from around Whiting IN and could tell great stories. I just wish I had paid more attention and urged to her to tell some more. And written them down. Thanks, again. Have a blessed Easter.

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  30. I had a horse like that…
    Sounds like a fun project…I have a grandson’s baby book that I received to announce his honorable ‘expectedness’ and still haven’t after almost three years entered ink. I do write poetry though and so that is sort of my history.
    Unfortunately most of who I could ask are gone. And the one Elder who remains – the last time I had her look at old photos she sort of got upset because she couldn’t remember. So I stopped. I hear the same stories at holiday gatherings. I suppose I could put some of them down for posterity.

    Good luck with your hers and history.

    Going to book mark your site for future reference. Thanks for your visit.

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  31. Every family needs a historian…but I don’t want to volunteer for mine! Thanks for liking my post, “Your Home Is Your Castle.”

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  32. Great idea!

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  33. Thank you for the fun was to do family history. Thank you also for visiting our blog. That is how I found this lovely blog to come visit. Have a great day

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  34. Thanks for reading my posts! You’ve encouraged me to reach back into my past for stories.

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  35. How lucky your relatives are to have all this important history and reminiscences documented. I am trying to do something similar with my blog and will welcome all feedback.

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  36. Thank you for the like on my blog! There is nothing better than family stories and traditions!

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  37. What a fantastic idea for a blog! I know I could sit for hours and listen to stories about my grandmother’s life. Her first love (my grandfather) died at 35, so neither me nor my mother ever knew him. THOSE stories are priceless. Did I mention that I love this idea for a blog? Consider yourself followed.

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  38. Absolutely love this blog concept. Definitely, going to follow you. I love old-timey photos and the awesome stories behind them.

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  39. Thanks for following MyKentuckyLiving blog. I try to post a couple of times a week. So, check back. Msshe

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  40. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check out the details here: http://thelivingnotebook.com/2013/02/14/versatile-blogger/

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  41. Thank you for reading my post on HOMESICKNESS. I’m writing my memoirs and got it in my head to blog about that part – the homesickness I have felt in different seasons. If you hadn’t LIKED my blog I might not have found yours. I appreciate your story about Laura Nelson. I understand what their trying to say, but I also understand how traumatic it could be. Maybe it’ll give the parents an opportunity to explain it to their child. Maybe good can come from it. I enjoy your site in general though. My daughter is interested in the same thing you are and she loves to tell us stories. Thank you for creating this blog and sharing with us all.

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  42. Thanks for checking out my blog – several times. When you ‘like’ one of the posts, it makes me smile. For instance, when you ‘liked’ a post about my mother’s 80th birthday, the notice to me said “Mom likes your post about Mom’s 80th Birthday Yard Sale.” I thought she would be pleased! 🙂

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  43. Thanks for stopping by my blog! We made it to Kawasaki and my son just “fed” me a celery stick in anticipation of lunch. It’s good to be here for some ordinary family time that happens only rarely. I look forward to reading some of your stories!

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  44. What a great idea!

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  45. In my excitement upon reading your “About Page” I forgot to thank you for looking at my new blog. In the future I hope to add more useful information for family tree owners.

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  46. So what does MOM stand for; More Obnoxious Memorabilia? I read your “About Page” and thought I was reading my own life story. I too have the family running when I start talking about my latest project, be it family trees or old newspapers. I too got to the point of writing ones life stories, and even got the family to fill out a form with info for the family tree. I even created an adult class to teach people how to write their life stories, and even wrote and self-published the text book. Maybe we are soul mates instead of solo mates. It is nice to know that I am not the only one who likes to read and write about the past. You have inspired me to continue with my work.

    Thank You.

    Jose A. Munoz, M.Ed
    Clarkston, Michigan

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    • Jose,
      For a minute I thought you were one of my kids 🙂 This stuff really has worked…they actually like it now. Keep writing, they’ll get over it ❤ Mom

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  47. Hello. Great blog. I’m looking forward to reading more. Thank you for visiting and liking my post.

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  48. I’m the oldest child of two oldest children too… Pleased to meet you 🙂

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  49. This is a wonderful blog. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  50. Thanks for liking one of my blog posts, I really appreciate it! 🙂

    Great blog you’ve got here! I’ll be sure to follow! 🙂

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  51. So true! Can’t wait to follow your blog!

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  52. currentdescendent said:

    Your blog looks great!

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  53. Great blog, can’t wait to explore it, thanks for checking mine too. Cheers!

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  54. Love the name of your blog … look forward to exploring it!

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  55. Hi, thanks for liking my post. cheeers

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  56. Thank you for liking my post! I love family history! I also have two blogs one about my life http://alittlemoreaboutme.wordpress.com/ and the other that contains my writing http://writtenentries.wordpress.com/. Good luck in all your endeavors!

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  57. Love the idea of pictures telling family stories. Gives me an idea for a new book!

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    • Check out “mrs peregrine’s home for peculiar children” by Ransom Riggs. My daughter just read it. The author apparently collects “unusual” vintage photos and sort of used them as a springboard to write this book. Freaky. And sellin like hotcakes.
      My photos , for better or for worse, are just from the family photo drawer. Check out my page for a branch of our family http://www.whenharrymetkate.wordpress.com to see another spin on stories and photos. Its a work in progress. If you mouse over each kid’s name on the home page, you get a drop down of each person I’ve collected so far. Good luck and good writing!
      ❤ Mom aka Kassie

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