October 10, 2010

Sharing Memories (Week 45): The Family I Knew

This is Week 45 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Journal. Your memories are your legacy to your children and grandchildren. Don't let them be lost over time. Join us and write your memories down, either privately or as a comment on this blog or on your own blog.

This week I've been thinking a lot about all the relatives I knew when I was a child. In other words, who were the family members I had a connection with but who are now gone. It occured to me that not only would it be a tribute to list their names and a bit about them, but it would also ensure that future generations would be able to learn more about a possible ancestor. Remember I'm assuming that my genealogy journals will survive and be passed on from one generation to the next!

My Uncle Ern and Auntie Cordie used to visit us frequently. Uncle Ern was Grandma's brother and I remember him as a short, heavy man full of good cheer. He was always laughing and smiling. Auntie Cordie was lovely - a sweet quiet lady. Their daughter Doris was always dressed beautifully athough she didn't come with them very much when I was a pre-teen.

Uncle Ern died suddenly when I was still a pre-teen and the visits seemed to stop. I know we visited Auntie Cordie and Doris in their home in Toronto but I can't remember them coming out to our little village to see us after Uncle Ern's death.

Doris never married and years later when she died (in 1998) my mother drove to the home Doris and her parents had lived in since the early 1900s and gathered all the family documents and old photographs for me. I wish I'd asked to sit down with Doris while she was alive to look through them and ask questions! But at least I have some beautiful family photos from the late 1800s

Ern and Cordelia (Cordie) sailed from Ramsgate England to Canada in April 1908 and lived out their married lives in Ontario Canada. They had two daughters born in Toronto Ontario but their second child died at the age of one year of diptheria. They never spoke of her in front of me.

I have so many wonderful documents - military records, photographs, various bills and receipts, photos of the grocery store Ern opened in Toronto circa 1909... but there are no descendants of this branch of my family to leave them to. They have meaning for me since I knew Uncle Ern and Auntie Cordie but I wonder, will they have any meaning for my children or grandchildren?


Holly said...

Your memories may very well mean something to your children. Two of my sons are interested in the family history. My youngest as a child liked to look at the old photos and would ask about the people in them.

My aunt wrote her memories of family members down and without them, I would have nothing, no recall, no way to visualize them as they might really have been.

I started to journal my own memories, starting with my childhood. I should also write about those family members. Do continue.

Kristin said...

My mother wrote down her memories of her great aunts and other family members. I am overjoyed to have these very personal memories. They bring to life the photographs and records.

gerryruth said...

Don't forget to share those photos, copies at least, and the memories with the local historical society. They may or may not want them, but give them the opportunity. Living in the digital age makes sharing the photos so simple.

I've started a blog for my memories. Think I will make it private and share it with family.

Thanks for the inspiration, Gerry