Saturday, August 29, 2009

How many ancestors have you met?

Thanks to Randy Seaver for this Saturday night's blog idea.
How many ancestors have I met? Well, let's see...

1) Arlene Guinee Wozniak Turnbull, my beloved mother whom I have written about many times on this blog, lived most of her life here in the Chicago land area until she retired. She then traveled the country and spent her winters as a "snowbird" in Arizona!
2) Norbert Wozniak, father, lived in the Chicago land area until he retired then he moved to Shelbyville, IL. He died shortly after he retired.
3) Lucille Hanaway Guinee, my grandmother, born in Indiana, lived in the Chicago land area after her marriage to Bert Guinee, and later lived in Arkansas until her death in 1998.
4) Bert Guinee, grandfather. Unfortunately, I only knew who my grandfather was, I did not have any kind of relationship with him. I have heard many wonderful stories from my cousins!
5) Stephen Wozniak, grandfather. Lived in the Chicago land area. Died in 1959 in Oak Lawn, IL. I have one precious picture of my grandfather that I cherish!
6) Cecelia Sawicki Wozniak, grandmother. Lived in the Chicago land area for many years.
7) John Guinee, great grandfather, died in 1972 when I was a teenager.
8) Alma Ball Guinee, great grandmother, died in 1963 when I was only eight years old.

My mother had one sister and two brothers, one of whom is still very much alive. I have a lot of first cousins and many of us still live close to each other and still get together. My other cousins and I still keep in touch.
I have been lucky to know all of my grandmother Lucy Guinee's siblings, and there were eight of them! My great Aunt Berniece is still alive and wonderful! I have tons of cousins from the Hanaway family tree!
I also knew my father's sister and brother. My aunt is still alive. I still occasionally hear from her and her family which is terrific!

So, I consider myself pretty lucky to have known these ancestors. Sure wish I had known more of my great grandparents but times were very hard in the mid 20th century. I have a couple of pictures and hope to discover more!

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The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!