Photo by Marcus Quigmire
Time just continues to march on, no matter how hard we try to slow it down. Which makes me reflect on the upcoming milestone in my life – the birth of this blog five years ago next week. So many discoveries and new information added to my tree in five years which I want to sit back and reflect on.
First and foremost, I want to thank
Who knew I’d find so many ancestors and, thus, their descendants, who just happen to be my cousins? On my mom’s side, there are several of us who have met virtually and have a ‘Waller Cousins’ facebook page so that we can share information. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and our research time has been pushed aside for other activities but I know they are always there if I need to pick their brains.
My dad would have loved this journey I’m on. He used to talk about his Gunzendorfer ancestors but try as he might, he just couldn’t get my attention. I’m guessing I now know more about this side of the family than he ever did and, for that, I know he’d be happy. Boy would he have been thrilled to know that I’ve not only re-connected with Gunzendorfer cousins but actually found a new one.
Front row (in blue) Irene Gunzendorfer Sherwin
My grandmother’s first cousin
That’s me holding the dog – c. 1965
And on the Levy side, I have connected with cousins whom I’ve never met because our grandfathers (Sig and Herb) didn’t speak to each other later in their lives. I like to think they’d be happy to know the feud has been lifted.
Top row: Ben and Sig
Bottom row: Herb and Leon
In the last five years, a new leaf has been added to my tree – the birth of our fourth grandchild, who shares a middle name with my grandmother, Mildred Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy. And five years has brought many changes to the older grandchildren – one a teenager, one closing in on the end of his elementary school career, and one about to finish kindergarten.
Sadly, my mother has left us in the last five years. I’m not sure she would have ever admitted it but I think she got a kick out of the information I’d pass along to her. She either never knew much about her family or wanted to forget the details but each new tidbit seemed to pique her interest. She especially seemed to like hearing about one of my favorite subjects, Emery Waller. I’m glad we were able to get his grave marked while my mother was still alive. And finally, THANKFULLY, my mother remembered that she actually had a couple of photos of her father – had she not remembered that, I would have never been able to see the face of my grandfather.
Gerry and Earle Martin
Who knew how many people I’d meet because of my blog? I love receiving comments and while I know I’ve been delinquent recently, I love to read others’ blogs and comment on what they’ve learned. And facebook groups? WOW! Who knew there were so many of those? I’ve learned about Fresno, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Monterey. And every once in awhile, I’m able to contribute something that helps someone with their research.
Too much has happened in the world over the course of five years to wrap my head around it all. Terrorism, royal weddings (and new leaves on their tree), massive storms, a new Pope, and, of course, deaths. It really does remind me that we need to document what we can before it’s too late.
So with that I’ll start on the next five years of blogging. One word and discovery at a time. Thanks for following along with me!
My ‘real’ 5th birthday