One in Every Generation

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There has to be at least one genealogy-happy person in each generation to keep the family heritage alive and growing.  I am it for my generation of Nikander children.  I have a brother, a sister and two guy cousins….NONE of which is even slightly interested in old fuzzy photos, dusty family Bibles or traipsing through cemeteries to take pictures of headstones.  I am it. (Stop rolling your eyes, Christy.)

Somewhere in my journeys I saw a beautiful photo display wall of all the the female ancestors of some such person, whom I forget the identity of at present.  It inspired me.  About eight years back I painstakingly copied all the old family photos that I could get my grubby little hands on and started a heritage scrapbook album.  But still in the back of my mind, I could see the wall of women… women who carried on family names and traditions.   Fast forward to about two years back when I found a darling oval frame with a mat that could hold seven pictures.  I envisioned my female ancestors looking out from those holes.  I brought it home, painted over the glittery silver finish with a flat off-white and hung the frame on the wall….. waiting for the photos.

The photos that I gathered were ALL the wrong size.  So the empty frame hung on my wall for years.  (yes, I know, embarrassing.)  Then I read a story from the book Welcome to the Funny Farm about a blank frame on that author’s wall… and I got things in motion once again.  On Memorial Day, this past Monday, my dear father scanned, re-sized, touched up and got my seven matronly photos to fit my framed mat.  Thanks, Dad.  In honor of dear old dad, I decided to put my Paternal Female Ancestors in the frame, being that I happened to have seven pictures.

So, yesterday I had out-patient surgery to remove some fatty lipomas from my neck, that were obviously lost and never found my backside.  So today, I finally printed the names and dates of the dear ladies and finished the eight year project. Ta Da!  I love it.  I realize what a treasure it is to have Great Great Great Grandmother pictures…. and I’m hoping and praying that someday I can give this to the solitary person in the next generation who will love and appreciate it too.  I’m thinking it might be my niece, Katelyn.  Since she was two she was fascinated with who was whose sister, mother, daughter.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  She called me once to ask what percentage of nationalities she was.  See!  I’m the only one with the valuable, treasured information for the next generation.

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6 Responses to “One in Every Generation”

  1. dustbunny8 Says:

    I love your frame!Great pictures too!I have been meaning to do a “wall of pics” of 5 generations of the women in my family at about the same age.Your a inspiration to get my butt in gear.
    I to am looking for the next generation to keep the flame.Thanks for sharing!

  2. Christy Butcher Says:

    Believe me, it is Katelyn! The other day we were driving down the road and she said, “They aren’t going to tear down that old barn over there are they? Because old things are COOL!” If that wasn’t Auntie Linda talking through her – I don’t know who it was!! I haven’t even explained DAR to her yet. Maybe I’ll let you have that privilege!

  3. Jennie C. Says:

    That’s a fabulous idea. I want to do mine now.

  4. colombianmommy Says:

    I just read your comment about children’s books. I have several books coming up. I’ve written about ones for the posts on June 30, July 16, July 17, July 21, July 22, July 27 and August 28. Barring any changes in my scheduled blogs, you should be able to read about more kids books then. The ones on July 16 and 17 are for older readers 12-18.

    Hope this helps.

  5. Sarah Says:

    Question: On a previous post (from Dec. 2008) you had a picture of “baby Jesus”. Is this picture an original of yours? The reason I ask is that I did a graphite drawing using the picture as reference. I’d like to post the drawing on my blog and give credit to the original photographer if possible. Please let me know. Thank you for any help you can provide!

  6. rixgal Says:

    The credit on the photo is Simon Dewey.

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