I’ve recently added to my ancestor numbers. My family tree now has 21,181 people on the branches. I’ve identified individuals as far back as the 13th century. e.g. a 20th great grandmother born in 1285 in Selkirkshire Scotland – Isabella De Synton
My ethnicity reported in an earlier blog has now been altered slightly – has Ancestry devised new and different tests on the saliva sample I sent several years ago? So now instead of having Norwegians in my past, I am told they lived in Sweden. So why did I attend Norwegian language classes? All along I should have been studying Swedish. My teacher has sent condolences re this new information. Well at least I’m still in Scandinavia.
My sisters Ruth and Nan on the Ile de France in New York. They were about to sail. It was April 1950. I was 13 years old. They would be gone for 2 months. Oh how I missed them. But they had such adventures!
On July 4, 1978 our family was granted membership in the American Club, Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh. A bumper day. Membership in the American Club opened up our world in Dhaka. It was such a significant venue for making new friends, the opportunity to play tennis and squash, a place to dine out, a place to swim in an outdoor pool, a place to celebrate special holidays, etc. Open that gate and in we tumbled – and spent the next 4 1/2 years.
This is a postcard from my postcard collection. I can’t make out the postmark but it looks like it was written in Pittsburg in 1908. The writer was leaving the next day for Columbus. She? and her companions were having a very nice time. (A typical message on a postcard) So they were in Pennsylvania and returning or going to Ohio. It was sent to someone a man or boy (a grandson?) in Hammond Indiana.
Alfred William Friend born July 4, 1874 died August 4, 1957
The baby pictured above is my mother, born April 7, 1912. holding her is her father Alfred William Friend. He was age 38 and already the father of twin daughters born 1907, a year after he married May Belle Willis They married twice in October 1906, a marriage in Boston and a marriage in Minneapolis. Red tape when you move and get married at the same time.
Grover – our Fiji hound. A very loving dog. He used to sit on the sea wall and wait for the boys to come home from school (Suva Primary) on the school bus. He jumped for joy when they appeared – I think it was the highlight of his day.
We got this dog from the pound. He was very frightened and shy to begin with but he soon proved to be a treasure.