Ancestral Notes

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Treasure Chest Thursday-Dec. 3, 2009 – Christmas Ornaments


When I was living in Windsor with the boys 20 years ago, my mother and I started to crochet Victorian Christmas ornaments. We made dozens of dozens of them to fill orders. My boys wanted some so I made some for them, my sisters wanted some, my brother wanted some, and I gave some Christmas villages as gifts. I even made a tree-top angel without a pattern. I haven’t crocheted much lately, not since I made 12 dozen Victorian hearts for my wedding favours and filled them with Hershey’s Kisses. I have one of them hanging on my tree also, but I didn’t put any Hershey’s Kisses in this one.


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Treasure Chest Thursday – Grandma’s Table

My grandmother, Josephine Hines, kept this table in her bedroom. It was handed down to her son, John, after her death in 1994. My Uncle John passed away in May of 2001, just a few weeks before my wedding. At my bridal shower, I saw a crystal vase of flowers sitting on a table in the corner that my sister said was a shower gift from her and my niece. I was really surprised when she told me that Grandma’s table was a gift also.


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Treasure Thursday – Doane Collection


I found this book at a yard sale, “Searching For Your Ancestors” written by Gilbert H. Doane. There is a lot of great information in it for amateur genealogists about how to research your family, where to look, what to look for, etc. It is the third edition printed in 1960. The first edition was printed in 1937. If anyone knows of a first edition available, I’m interested in getting a copy.
As for the Doan’s Pills tin, I bought it from eBay a few years ago for a couple of dollars. James Doan invented the pills while working as a druggist in Kingsville, Ontario.

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Treasure Thursday – My Mother’s Poetry

I have always admired my mother’s talent for creating poetry. She wrote poetry for contests, like “If You’re Canadian” and “Centennial Pride” which she wrote for a poetry contest in 1967, Canada’s centennial. She was taking a creative writing course when she had to pick an ordinary object and write a poem about it. She chose “Cups” for her subject. She wrote love poems, etc. I have a few online here.

Filed under: Daily Genealogy Blogging Themes, Family Files, Genealogy, Haines/Hines, O'Neil/Neil, Treasure Chest Thursday, , , ,

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