I was blessed enough last week to be awarded the Ancestor Approved Award by Linda over at Documenting the Details (Thanks Linda!!!!!). As part of the award, I have to write down 10 things about my ancestors that I have learned/been amazed by/or just flat been blown away by. I then will pass the award to ten other genea-bloggers that are also deserving of this honor.
- The first thing I learned that I was Castillian Spanish. For me that was just amazing. It is what started me on my genealogical journey as an adult. Discovering my Orella Line. I have many thanks to share with my fellow Orellas, especially Michael and Elizabeth.
- I learned that an oral history is vital to encouraging the next generation to retain the family history.
- I learned that Twins really do run in my family. I had thought that my girls were fluke twin babies until I researched my Grumbles line and realized that my Great Great Grandmother Amanda had two sisters that were twins.
- My Hadsell ancestors have their own island in Norway!
- I learned that Kansas has a whole lot of different counties! And I have Barefields, Hadsells, and Shoups.
- I realized that my Grandpa Hadsell was the key to my interest in family history and picture taking. The Orella's were the key I needed as an adult but Grandpa Hadsell was the spark from my childhood.
- I learned that the women in my family were all spirited and rebellious. And here I thought it was just me.
- I learned that I am much like my Nana Percy. I remember being in awe of the woman who could keep my dad's friends and himself in check when she was under 5 foot tall, and they were affectionately known as the Wrecking crew. Now, I'm just proud to know that she lives on in myself and my daughters.
- I have learned that there are a whole lotta Ellefson's in Minnesota and Wisconson. My Hubby is cousin, son, or brother to just about all of them. I still am working on connecting those dots.
- I am learning that my Grandma Dorothy was a helluva lot more complex then I ever thought.
Here are the folks that have Genea-blogs that I read, that inspire me, that keep me honest and keep me sane when I can't post or if I just need a different perspective. Some of these have already received an award, but I feel that they deserve a second...