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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Genealogy...and other things

I've been cleaning (per this post). Last night I found some amazing things. Actually, let's be honest, I knew these existed but I took some time to actually look through them.

What am I talking about? Something that doesn't involve knitting, amazingly. I found some old photograph albums that were from my maternal grandfather's family. Unfortunately, 95% of the photographs are not labeled and I'm not sure who the people are in the photographs. I can recognize my grandfather and his brother, and their parents. Other than that, I'm not sure. I know there are some people labeled as "Aunt Katherine" or "Grandpa Mousel" and I kind of know who they are. Grandpa Mousel was my grandpa's maternal step-grandfather, if I remember correctly. Aunt Kate was my grandpa's aunt...but I don't remember if it was his mother's sister or his father's sister. I suspect it was his mother's sister. Katherine isn't exactly a German name (my great-grandfather's name was Anton and they were a German Catholic family).

I want to get copies of the photographs and send them to the remaining members of the family. There really aren't many left in the Green family. My grandpa's niece and her husband (in Arizona), nephew and his wife (who live here in town), and his nephew's children and their child (in Washington state and Georgia, if memory serves) are really all that remain from that family. I think it would be nice, especially for Roman (my grandpa's great-great nephew), to have these photographs. But, you can't just scan them using a regular scanner because it will damage the original photo. So, we're going to have to get a digital camera set up to photograph the photographs. I'm also going to look into proper archival of them. I know there's a building at the University of Wisconsin that does this but I can't, for the life of me, think of what it's called. I suppose I could look on a campus map...that would be the most obvious answer, wouldn't it?

I've also found old letters from both sides of the family, my parents' wedding album (I knew where that was), and other more recent photo albums. Oh, and I've found copies of obituaries and other information that some members of my family would give their right arm to have...not that I won't share :)

Ultimately, I think I'm going to have to spend some time at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Library.

Other than that, I've been spending some time knitting. I'm almost done with my item for the Madison Knitters' Guild Brown Bag Exchange. I'm going to photograph it and I'll post them after I've given the item back to the owner of the yarn I'm using. I frogged my sock. I tried it on and it was way too loose in the cuff/leg. I was at the toe decrease...and I completely frogged it. I'm also still working on Little Man's blanket and a cabled hat for him.

I've been good about using yarn already in my stash. Obviously the sock I frogged and re-started was yarn already in my stash. The cabled hat for Little Man is using some Cascade Pima Tencel that I had in my stash. The blanket has been on-going and the yarn for the Brown Bag Exchange isn't even mine.

Sometime I'll photograph things and post pictures. I like pictures :)


  1. I like pictures too. I'd love to see a picture of the cabled hat! =)

  2. @ Johannah: I had to frog said cabled hat. I've re-started it but I'm only a couple of rows in. I'm not sure it's going to work out yet. I may have to frog it yet again and start over. We shall see :)