Welcome to my genealogy blog. Ancestors I Wish I Knew is a combination of genealogical information and stories about individuals in my family tree. The focus is on those from my Cochrane, Eitelbach, Merrett, Minarcik and Richards lines and their descendants.

Friday, December 11, 2015

#77--On Christmas Ornaments and Trees

The theme for this week is holidays.  I just put up my Christmas tree.  Christmas tree and ornaments are on my mind.   So it seemed very appropriate to blog about my trees.  When I was growing up, we always had a big tree that sometimes hit our very high ceiling.  On that tree, we hung lots of ornaments, some of those ornaments were on my mother’s tree when she was a child and others were on my father’s tree.

I now have those ornaments and they are very special to me.  When I had  two dogs, I was afraid that they would knock the tree over and break the ornaments.  To keep them safe, I got I small tree, put it in the living room on a table, and hung most of my old ornaments on it. This week I want to share my favorite ornaments with you:  a bell that actually rings, a Santa and a teapot.

I also have a glass candle holder, although I cannot imagine putting a lit candle in it and hanging it on the tree.

If you have ornaments that are precious to you, I would love to hear about them.  

Friday, December 4, 2015

#76 Cochrane--Thank You Cousin Addie

The theme for this week is Thanksgiving.  Those who know me know that I have a collection of postcards.  Most of them are from places that my family or I have visited. Buying postcards before the advent of digital cameras was one way to insure that you had a image of the sights that you had seen. However, I also have holiday postcards and those are most special to me because they were sent to my father, when he was a little post.

I have several Thanksgiving cards;

This one is my favorite.  It was sent to my father in 1909 by his cousin, Addie Cochrane.  

I also have some other Thanksgiving cards.  I like this one because it combines the traditional colonial woman and boy with a turkey.

Turkeys seem to typify Thanksgiving.  Here is another card with a turkey featured on it.

I am grateful that my family kept these cards and that I am able to share them with you.