Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ancestor Approved Award

Thank you Terri Kallio at The Ties That Bind
your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated, for the past couple of years I know many people have read my attempt to tell the family history but only a couple have made comments.
As a recipient of this award, I am to list 10 things I have learned about my ancestors that have surprised, humbled or enlightened me and then pass the award on to 10 other genealogy bloggers who I feel are doing their ancestors proud.

Where do I begin? My genealogy adventure has been so full of surprises that have both enlightened and humbled me. My parents while interested in their ancestors could not help with any factual information, and one grandmother was trying to conceal her families past.

My greatest surprise happened only a few months ago-I was scanning a little Falls, N.Y.newspaper file when I found a court case about a 16yr old Olyer girl who was married and her parents had it annulled. I was a only child my mother was a driving force for me to unravel the family genealogy-I knew she married my dad in Albany when she was 20 yrs old The 16 yr old was her-- a well kept secret.

My grandmother Margaret Cummings Olyer would not tell me the truth about her fathers parents, she gave me conflicting information from 1942 until her death in 1965

Once I knew what the family name was a call to Martin Town, Ontario Provincial Police led me to Alex King who turned out to be my grandmothers older brother-learn as I did why there was a secret--

My grandmother wold tell of the ancestors who came from France and fought the Indians, what a feeling it was to see this in print.

Grampa Olyer was a family story teller and as a pre teen the war stories were always exciting but the truth that I uncovered was much more moving--

Having parents and grandparents who were interested in history and genealogy it was indeed a proud moment for me when my son was recognized by our community for his interest--

During my high school years had a great friend in Darwin Lasher, my parents and his were also friends and we were often told we were related but no one knew just how-unfortunatly Darwin has passed away and I did not sort it all out until just recently--

I had read about the orphan trains but not until if saw the documents about the 4 small children and learned of my aunts having to turn them over to the sponsors of the orphan trains did it really sink in how emotional this must have been--

bought a old rusty gun turns out to be family heirlom after years of research and some lucky finds--

One of my grandfather Olyer stories was about his mothers grandfather-- was his life cut short in a early spring late winter marriage--this is a enlightening story what do you think--

The following Bloggers are doing a great job most of them are far better Bloggers than me so it is a honor for me to pass this award on to them.   Gen wish list   Tina Lyons Destination Austin Family Thomas MacEntee Old Stons Undeciphered  Lisa Wallen Logsdon  Benotforgot  Vickie Everhart   west in new England  Bill West   WW! Experiences of an English Soldier  William Henry Bonser Lamin     the educated genealogist   Sheri Fenley  Miriam Robbins Midkiff   a tale of two ancestors  Amanda Acquard   roots digging


Sheri said...

Thank you Lord and Lady for the Ancestor Approved Award! I am a huge fan of your blog and always look forward to reading it!

Tina said...

Thanks Lord and Lady for the award.

Miriam said...

Thank you so much, Bob! I've listed it here.