December - a busy time of year
- Hi everyone,
Only 10 more days til Christmas, for those who celebrate it. I am busy
preparing for a dinner for 16 on the 28th. I'm looking forward to it
but it is tinged with sadness too, as my son is deployed in
Afghanistan (for the third time) and won't be with us this year.
However we will still celebrate and enjoy family while keeping him in
our hearts and minds.
December has not seen much activity on OliveTreeGenealogy.com or its
sister sites. I hope to be back in full swing in January but meantime
here are some items that might be of interest
November free data put online can be found at
I've kept up with my blog posts and articles and here are a few from
December that might interest you.
First Canadian Christmas Carol - The Huron Carol Jesous Ahatonhia
The first Canadian Christmas Carol was written by a Jesuit Missionary
(Jean de Brebeuf) circa 1643 for the Huron Indians in the wilderness
of what is now Ontario. The Jesuits ministered to the Hurons at Ste
Marie - a wilderness fortified village. I have put the words to this
beautiful carol in Huron-Wendat language, and English, on my blog. As
well I've put a video which features a beautiful rendition in Huron,
French and then English. This carol ties into my ancestry in several
different ways and I thought readers might find it of interest
Cabinet of Curiosities: A Christmas Toast!
My great-grandmother Sarah Jane Simpson, who was born in England in
1862, owned this toast rack. Sarah lived in Ramsgate England, where
she kept a boarding house. I suspect she used this toast rack on the
table for her family and boarders. Pictures and story at
Q & A Time: Ships Passenger List ca 1859 to USA or Canada?
I often respond to queries on mailing lists. I established 2 Rootsweb
mailing lists for Ships Passenger lists
US-SHIPSLISTS-PRE1820@...) and another 2 for Naturalization
records (CAN-Naturalizations@... &
USA-Naturalizations@...) several years ago and as List Admin
I follow them closely. But I also read other immigration mailing lists
and jump in when I can. The following is an example that I thought
might be of interest. It's a query and it's very well written (which
sad to say is unusual on mailing lists. Read how I found Tony's
ancestors on a ships passenger list at
December Ancestor Most Wanted - Quebec, Michigan, Ontario at
December Ancestor Most Wanted - $75.00 Reward
The Ancestor Most Wanted this month is not mine, but my husband's.
William Ivis Massey was born 16 Nov 1847 in Quebec to William Massey
and Ellen (Eleanor) Montgomery. I've already had several readers
respond, one woman found a record I needed and won one of the $75.00
rewards (there are several) but graciously refused it, saying she
loved the hunt and thanking me for my website. Wow, talk about a nice
Christmas Tour: Christmas Past & Present at
This slide show of Christmas Past & Present is 1 and 1/2 minutes long.
It starts in the 1950s and ends in 2008. I hope you enjoy the glimpse
into the past!
Genealogy Stocking Stuffer For My Father at
The 8th Edition of Smile For the Camera: Stocking Stuffer asks us to
"Show us that picture that would make a great Stocking Stuffer and
tell us whose stocking you'd stuff." My father died Christmas Day when
I was 13 years old, and this is for him.
Carnival of Genealogy: Famous Canadian Ancestor Eileen Vollick, first
licenced female pilot in Canada at
Kathryn at LookingForAncestors Blog had a great idea for the Carnival
of Genealogy: My Famous Canadian Ancestor. I've already posted about
my circus cousins the Marriott Twins and my cousin who walked Niagara
Falls on a tightrope.
Carnival of Genealogy: My Famous Canadian Ancestor in the Circus at
Albert George Marriott and his twin brother were my 3rd cousins, twice
removed. Both were born in Guelph Ontario in June 1882. The winning of
a baton contest in the old Guelph skating rink gave the Marriott twins
their start for 60 years in show business.
There are more. All of December's posts are at
Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday!