It’s already Friday?!? Let’s get the Weekend Chat moving! Greetings from Cathey’s Creek where I can’t complain about the cold weather, considering what our more northerly cousins are experiencing. In any case, it’s cold enough here to make wearing a summer kilt a little daunting. I wore my new Robertson Red to church for the Feast of Saint Andrew (patron of Scotland, among other countries). Thankfully, my woolen hose helped keep the legs warmer (dark green colored to show the matching flashes better). A cream-colored sweater topped it off. Very comfortable. Better than wearing pants!
On the Home Front: Our daughter and son-in-law arrived safely back home from a trip to Sweden and Norway. We received lots of photos while they were there. The Christmas Village in Stockholm, majestic mountains above the Arctic Circle near Tromsø, reindeer, dogsledding, a Saami village, and blowing snow! They were two hours from Finland and wanted to make a quick trip there to see the Northern Lights, but a blizzard hampered transportation, so they headed back to Tromsø from the Saami Village instead.
While we thought we’d have a lonely Christmas, our world travelers might come here the weekend before. Our daughter is wanting most especially to spend time with my mom and step-dad as we realize that time is finally starting to catch up with her grandparents. This week we had an initial conversation with my mom about someone coming in to help clean and such. There’s no reason for them to have to move somewhere… yet. They just need help. Dad has already indicated that he is amenable to the idea. It’s mom that needs convincing. I think she just doesn’t want to face this right now. We’ll see.
On the Genealogy Front: Congratulations (again!) to Kathy Rabenstein for winning the November Integrators’ Challenge! She passed me on the last day of the month to win. I am so very proud of her work and also the work of others who participated. We garnered over 1000 new or improved profiles for the month, only the second time this has happened. (I’ll also take a moment to thank my friends and co-workers in the Integrators’ Project, David and Dorothy, for all their efforts to make this project successful. The Chat is a part of that Project, too!)
I have been working on the descendants of two families, both with a million descendants. One family is out of Union County, North Carolina. Adam Clark Fisher had five female descendants who married cousins in my family, so I backed up one generation for him and began adding descendants of his father, Phillip. I was able to connect a few Fisher families to others already present on WikiTree.
The other family is directly related, the descendants of Alexander Rankin and Mary Moore. Mary was an aunt of both of my maternal grandparents, and many of these connected to some of the early settler families of Gaston County. Last night, I connected a distant male cousin to a granddaughter of Confederate Lt. Gen. Daniel Harvey Hill! Exciting!! Looks like Hill’s family needs some work, so I’ve added him to my to-do list.
During this plunge into these families, I add several more veterans to my Needs Biography list, up to about 25 now. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get these bios done, plus several others who have tons of sources.
While I have gotten some of my Christmas shopping done, I’ll need to get on the ball soon. I’m looking forward to the season as Brevard is so very pretty during Christmas. The parade is on Monday, and all the shops are decorating their window displays. The large tree on the courthouse lawn is just beautiful.
Blessings on all of you this season. Now, enjoy yourselves and let us know what you’re up to!