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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas From TSGS

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at TSGS!

Photo of the West family's 2009 Nativity Scene. The set is a large 8 inch display set-up on top of the entertainment case.

Close-up looking down on baby Jesus with Joseph & Mary (and 2 of the 3 Wise Men).
- Photos taken and submitted by JGWest

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Genealogist's Christmas Eve"

Genealogist's Christmas Eve

'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my spouse.
The dining room table with clutter was spread
With pedigree charts and with letters which said...
"Too bad about the data for which you wrote;
Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."
Stacks of old copies of wills and such
Were proof that my work had become too much.
Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.
As I sat at my table I was ready to drop
From work on my album with photos to crop.
Christmas was here, and such was my lot
That presents and goodies and toys I'd forgot.
Had I not been busy with grandparents' wills,
I'd not have forgotten to shop for such thrills,
While others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheers,
I'd spent time researching those birth dates and years.
While I was thus musing about my sad plight,
A strange noise on the lawn gave me such a great fright.
Away to the window I flew in a flash,
Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.
When what with my wondering eyes should appear,
But an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.
Up to the house top the reindeer they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys and 'ole Santa Claus, too.
And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.
As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,
Down the cold chimney fell Santa--KER-RASH!
"Dear" Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,
And tracked soot on the carpet, (I could wring his short neck!)
Spotting my face, good 'ole Santa could see
I had no Christmas spirit you'd have to agree.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).
Here was Santa, who'd brought us such gladness and joy:
When I'd been too busy for even one toy.
He spied my research on the table all spread
"A genealogist!" He cried! (My face was all red!)
"Tonight I've met many like you," Santa grinned,
As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.
I gazed with amusement--the cover it read
Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead.
"I know what it's like as a genealogy bug.
"He said as he gave me a great Santa hug.
"While the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,
I do some research in the North Pole Library!
A special treat I am thus able to bring,
To genealogy folk who can't find a thing."
"Now off you go to your bed for a rest,
I'll clean up the house from this genealogy mess.
"As I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee,
I looked back at Santa who'd brought much to me.
While settling in bed, I heard Santa's clear whistle,
To his team, which then rose like the down of a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
"Family history is Fun! Merry Christmas! Goodnight!"
--Author Unknown

"A family tree can wither if no one tends to it's Roots"
- Submitted by Don Counts

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

From the FIRST MATE's


Early Christmas with our grandchildren in Cincinnati 19 Dec 2009.
Evan West (4) is playing with the battery operated drum sticks that was surprisingly a very big hit!
Halle West (7 in Jan.) loves to read books and she liked this one on the planets of our solar system.

It is such a joy to see them enjoy some of the more basic things of life: music & books!

- Photos taken & submitted by JGWest

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Genealogist's Christmas Tree

Genealogist's Christmas Tree

- Submitted by Don Counts.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday

Jefferson Academy...
Now Vincennes University

Rev. Jean Francois Rivet
First Headmaster
- Photo taken & submitted by JGWest

Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Tekoppel School - 100 Years Old"

Happy birthday to one of Evansville's oldest elementary schools!

Tekoppel School on the Westside of Evansville was built in 1909 and this year marks the 100th. year that it has been in use.

Friday, we posted a school from Parker Settlement that was built in 1892 but is no longer in use. This is one that has survived!

- Submitted by Don Counts