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What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday 219

on August 13, 2013

Hello desk hoppers.  Wednesday again.  My the weeks are flying by aren’t they?  Thanks for all the car love last week, we hope to get the old girl roadworthy again by the end of September, that way we should be able to go on some “colour runs” when the trees start changing.

A lot has happened since you were here last… we went to Thunder Over Michigan last weekend, the historic air display we go to every year that’s local  to me.  We also went kayaking on the Sunday.  I got a Guest Design Spot at Christmas Cards All Year Round, and posted a card yesterday, with another one going up on Thursday.  We’re also heading out to another Vintage racing event in Michigan this coming weekend and are trying to sort things out for that.  Plus, on the family history front, I finally made contact with some Canadian “cousins” after five years of trying.  They are the descendents of Andrews Gt, Gt Aunt and they have some amazing photos of the family, including one of his Gt, Gt Aunt, her husband and family.  This was the first time I’d seen these people, although I have a lot of info about them gathered through the years.  So a very busy but very happy week for me.

My desk today, showing the detritus of the card making for CCAYR plus the Sparkles DT that I’m a member of, our new challenge goes live on Thursday.  You can’t see that card but some of the stuff on the desk was from that.

Usual suspects, nothing worth naming I don’t think!  Empty cup of tea there too, must check it hasn’t been left there!  The blue container the card is resting on contains glitter.  The little drawer behind it holds pearls and is out of the stack of drawers in the cubby hole at the back.

And as I know some of you scrap your family history photos I’d thought I’d show you what came my way this week from those Canadian cousins, as it’s really rather good!

The two gentlemen standing either end in military uniform are listed as being friends of the two young ladies they’re standing behind and are not part of the family.  The others are all children of James Roach and Grace Caroline Palmer Roach (Carry for short) seated in the middle.  One son is missing in the picture, he’d be a year older than Walter Douglas Roach standing behind his mother.  The two girls seated in white blouses are Florence and Mildred and are two years apart, despite them looking like twins.  Those two, along with Mary Grace at the back, were bridesmaids when my husbands Gt Grandfather was married in 1894.  The three sons along with the son missing from the pic, all emigrated to Canada before the first world war.  The young girl in the front, Kathleen, died in 1914 from Spanish Flu aged 22.

And the thread on a family history website that brought the Canadian cousins to me is five years old.  So if you’re researching your family and haven’t had much luck, don’t give up and keep your old email addresses active cause you have no idea what’s out there and when people might finally make contact with you.

Chin, chin!

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29 responses to “What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday 219

  1. deb says:

    you have had a busy week! Gorgeous christmas card there! I have been so busy making cards too but the first is on show tomorrow (or today if you class this as wednesday, I get confused with woyww going up early!)
    Love the ancestral photo! I find it all fascinating and have been a member of ancestry for years but have so little time to research! I keep promising myself I will make time for it this year!
    Debxx

  2. What great news about your cousins. And that photo was fantastic. I have never gotten into genealogy, but I appreciate those who do.

    Those are nice looking stamps. I admit you must be brave. I can’t get around glitter that it doesn’t go everywhere.

    Happy WOYWW from #1.

  3. Voodoo Vixen says:

    You are having a busy time of it and how fabulous to get in touch with extended family, especially if they are willing to share old photos and things!! Your desk still looks neat, even when you are making stuff Happy WOYWW from #9

  4. That Christmas card is beautiful. I love that heritage photo. I wish I knew where my great grandmother’s photo were.

  5. Eliza says:

    Busy, busy, busy so much you have done, it must be the week for it. Great find that photo and contact after so long, amazing. Great posts thanks for sharing

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 14

  6. That’s so exciting, Brenda! Thank you for sharing! I would have sworn those girls were twins, so thank you for answering that question you knew was coming. I’m so glad you have had a happy week and I hope your upcoming week is another one! Have fun on this weekend’s trip! Happy WOYWW! Darnell #19

  7. Wow – you have been busy! You must be quite organized to keep on track! How cool to finally meet the Canada cousins! I love old photos; they really have character.

    Happy WOYWW
    Peace,
    Kay (23)

  8. Kim Ferguson says:

    Love old photographs, especially when the mystery of who is pictured can be determined. Thanks for sharing. Kim 26

  9. Thank you for stopping by the past weeks, I think I ‘m back to blogging and creating. Love the Christmas card you have posted, I’ve had that sweet image and have yet to use it. What fun with old photos and family. #30 this week Enjoy WOYWW

  10. Ann B says:

    Love the photo, full of character. Busy desk Brenda and a pretty card. My Christmas stamps are at the top of the wardrobe where they will stay unit November, then I’ll start panicking.
    Ann B
    36

  11. Helen says:

    What a fabulous photo!! I love looking at old photos. Glad you’re having a good week and good luck with the car fixing!

  12. Julie Lee says:

    What a busy and productive time you’ve been having! That photo is just brilliant! It’s so beautiful and in such excellent condition and you can see everyone so clearly. You must have been so excited to finally discover what you did. It just goes to show that patience is rewarded. Have a great WOYWW. Julie Ann xx #39

  13. acorncrafts says:

    Love the hairdoos in this photo. Yip info pops up all the time. Especially now with the net!

  14. Ria Gall says:

    Good morning Brenda
    wow you have been a busy bee and I am still running trying to catch up with you. What great news on making contact with the family members and what an amazing photo. I am going to New Zealand next year to catch up with some of my family I have never met, so excited.
    Enjoy your weekend
    Have a great WOYWW and an even better week,
    Hugs Ria #43

  15. Pam says:

    That’s given me fresh hope for my family tree. My great great grandfather was born in Lower Canada in about 1834 and moved to the UK sometime before 1860. I think his family might have been military but I’m not having joy finding him.
    I have a mug that is a twin of the one on your desk!
    Happy WOYWW. Pam#33

  16. Julia Dunnit says:

    I’m not a researcher but recognise your advice as pretty priceless Brenda; and really so encouraging too – how exciting!
    Good news about the new Dt – go you. Am beginning to realise that your time management is another skill that you’re modest about.

  17. Lunch Lady Jan says:

    Love that photo! I have similar taken in Wales of my dad’s family. I love looking at those old faces and trying to work out what the people were like, their personalities, hopes and dreams. How fab that you’ve met up with another branch of the family :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 60 xx

  18. Robyn Oliver says:

    Just checked out your Christmas card…really nice. But I do love the family photo…I too am addicted to tracing our families and it’s wonderful when you can reach out to someone remotely connected…Have a great weekend too Cheers RobynO#48

  19. Jan Ltc says:

    Wow what a great WOYWW xx Jan (74)

  20. Uniflame says:

    Wow! You are already making x-mas things! You must be a huge fan :) – Uniflame 75

  21. Lynda says:

    and i thought I was getting busy, just playing at it compared to you. Look forward to September when you can show more racing pics, hubby likes to dream. That photo is fantastic, I spent a good year at family history and got totally frustrated trying to find a very important relative in Australia with no joy, all doors seemed to shut. Now you have given me hope that one day it might happen. We were ‘meant’ to have people in Canada too, but I did not find a trace I think the old rellies got mixed up.

    Lynda #89

  22. Monique says:

    You have been having a busy week =) and what a great way to find you cousins like this. I can see it pays to have some patience!
    Back from my holidays wishing you happy WOYWW and a lovely week.
    xx Monique #97

  23. hettiecraft says:

    Wow! You have had an interesting week there. Love that photo. I have a similarly aged one and have no idea who they are as they are not from our families and was tempted to post them on my blog in case anyone knew. I just love it though and yours has relevance so double wow!
    Hugs
    xx

  24. Susi says:

    Wow what an amazing photo and I love your Christmas card. Sounds like you’ve had a busy week:)

  25. What an amzing picture. How great to get such history along with it. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #45 xx

  26. Roberta says:

    Wow. and what a neat photo. I would love to know what the stamps are.. I love wordy saying that are simi small for tags. Thanks for sharing and Bright blessings to you and yours. Roberta #55

  27. Danie May says:

    What a fabulous photo to be treasured after so many years of effort to find and to put faces to names you had already in your possession. The two older girls so look like twins. I am loving how busy your desk has been this week also. Happy WOYWW! Danie (a very late #133).

  28. Maudieroff says:

    An amazing old photo – and to think they had “non-family” in it – wow… those girls look like twins!! Have a great week – Happy WOYWW Mxx #70

  29. anita says:

    your desk looks great. thanks for mentioning “Christmas Cards All Year Round” I hadn’t heard of it yet, so on my way to check it out. I need to be working on my Christmas Cards.

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