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PRINCE GEORGE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

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   Member Submissions Index

You Know You're Addicted When -- submitted by Phyllis Bernard
I'm My Own Grampaw -- submitted by Brenda Davis (recorded by Homer & Jethro in 1956)
After A While - by Veronica A. Shoffstall
If I Had My Life To Live Over -- a tribute to Erma Bombeck
Birthdate Tree - find YOUR tree! -- submitted by Phyllis Bernard
You Know You've Had too Much COFFEE when --- 
Searching For The Voice In My Heart
Technology For Country Folk
Why Scrapbooks? -- submitted by Robin Fairservice
The Genealogy Bug -- submitted by Dianne Topley

Member Feature Articles

The Scottish Kirk Session -- written and submitted by Robin Fairservice. Very informative!

Life In the 1500's -- Submitted by Don Routley; this is a great item.


Genealogy

You Know You're Addicted When:

 

You brake for libraries.
If you get locked in a library overnight and you never notice.
When you hyperventilate at the sight of an old cemetery.
If you would rather browse in a cemetery than a shopping mall.
When you think every home should have a microfilm reader.
If you would rather read census schedules than a good book.
When you know every town clerk in your state by name.
If town clerks lock the doors when they see you coming.
When you are more interested in what happened in 1695 than 1995.
If you store your clothes under the bed and your closet is carefully stacked with  notebooks and journals.
When Savage, Torrey and Pope are household names, but you can't remember what you call your dog.
If you can pinpoint Harrietsham, Hawkhurst, and Kent on a map of England, but can't locate Topeka, Kansas.
When all your correspondence begins "Dear Cousin".
If you have traced every one of your ancestral lines back to Adam and Eve, have it fully documented, and still don't want to quit.

Submitted by Phyllis Bernard. Personally I can't see anything wrong with this picture, can you? It all sounds perfectly normal to me.

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Click on the music bars to listen to the song.

I'm My Own Grampaw 

Many, many years ago
When I was twenty three,
I got married to a widow,
Who was pretty as could be.

  This widow had a daughter
Who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her,
And soon the two were wed.

This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life.
My daughter was my mother,
For she was my father's wife.

  To complicate the matters worse,
Although it brought me joy,
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy.

  My little baby then became
A brother-in-law to dad.
And so became my uncle,
Though it made me very sad.

For if he was my uncle,
Then that also made him brother
To the widow's grown-up daughter
Who, of course was my step-mother.

Father's wife then had a son,
Who kept them on the run.
And he became my grandson,
For he was my daughter's son.

My wife is now my mother's mom.
And it surely makes me blue.
Because, although she is my wife,

She is my grandma too.

If my wife is my grandmother,
Then I am her grandchild.
And every time I think of it,
It nearly drives me wild.

For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw.
As the husband of my grandmother,
I am my own grandpa !!!

 

Homer & Jethro

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After A While

After a while you learn the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security.

And you begin to learn that
kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much
so you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong

and you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye you learn.

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If I Had My Life To Live Over

Erma Bombeck needed an organ transplant, and even though she could have been moved to the head of the waiting list, due to her prominence and wealth (like Mickey Mantle), she refused to do such, and subsequently, died from organ failure.

1 --- I would have talked less and listened more.
2 --- I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
3 --- I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
4 --- I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
5 --- I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
6 --- I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
7 --- I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
8 --- I would have cried and laughed less while watching television-and more while watching life.
9 --- I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
10 --- I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
11 --- I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
12 --- Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
13 --- When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."
14 --- There would have been more "I love you's"..more "I'm sorry's" ...but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it ... live it...and never give it back.

Stop sweating the small stuff. Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who Do love us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually. Life is too short to let it pass you by. We only have one shot at this and then it's gone.I hope you all have a blessed day.

In memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. Here is an angel sent to watch over you...

Pass this on to the people you want watched over...

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What is YOUR --- Birthdate Tree
Submitted by Phyllis Bernard

 

December 23 to January 1........................................Apple Tree

January 2 to January 11............................................Fir Tree

January 12 to January 24..........................................Elm Tree

January 25 to February 3..........................................Cypress Tree

February 4 to February 8..........................................Poplar Tree

February 9 to February 18........................................Cedar Tree

February 19 to February 28......................................Pine Tree

March 1 to March 10................................................Weeping Willow Tree

March 11 to March 20..............................................Lime Tree

March 21.................................................................Oak Tree

March 22 to March 31..............................................Hazelnut Tree.

April 1 to April 10......................................................Rowan Tree

April 11 to April 20....................................................Maple Tree

April 21 to April 30....................................................Walnut Tree

May 1 to May 14......................................................Poplar Tree

May 15 to May 24....................................................Chestnut Tree

May 25 to June 3.....................................................Ash Tree

June 4 to June 13.....................................................Hornbeam Tree

June 14 to June 23...................................................Fig Tree

June 24...................................................................Birch Tree

June 25 to July 4......................................................Apple Tree

July 5 to July 14.......................................................Fir Tree

July 15 to July 25.....................................................Elm Tree

July 26 to August 4...................................................Cypress Tree

August 5 to August 13...............................................Poplar Tree

August 14 to August 23.............................................Cedar Tree

August 24 to September 2........................................Pine Tree

September 3 to September 12..................................Weeping Willow Tree

September 13 to September 22................................Lime Tree

September 23..........................................................Olive Tree

September 24 to October 3......................................Hazelnut Tree

October 4 to October 13...........................................Rowan Tree

October 14 to October 23.........................................Maple Tree

October 24 to November 11......................................Walnut Tree

November 12 to November 21...................................Chestnut Tree

November 22 to December 1.....................................Ash Tree

December 2 to December 11....................................Hornbeam Tree

December 12 to December 21..................................Fig Tree

December 22...........................................................Beech Tree

Apple Tree; [the Love] Of slight build, lots of charm, appeal and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always inlove, wants to love and be love, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

Fir Tree; [the mysterious] Extraordinary taste, dignity, cultivated airs, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to it, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious uncounted lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

Elm Tree; [the Noble-Minuteness] Pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends to not forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, tends to a know-all-attitude and making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

Cypress Tree; [the Faithfulness] Strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, happy content, optimistic, needs enough money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic and careless.

Poplar Tree; [the Uncertainty] Looks very decorative, no self-confident behavior, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership serious.

Cedar Tree; [the Confidence] Of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, wants to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

Pine Tree; [the Particularity] Loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, many disappointments till it finds its ideal, trustworthy,practical.

Weeping Willow Tree; [the Melancholy] Beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.

Lime Tree; [the Doubt] Accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress and labor, tends to laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous, loyal.

Hazelnut Tree; [the Extraordinary] Charming, undermining, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

Rowan Tree; [the Sensitivity] Full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

Maple Tree; [Independence of Mind] No ordinary person, full imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

Walnut Tree; [the Passion] Unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromises.

Chestnut Tree; [the Honesty] Of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritate and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self-confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

Ash Tree; [the Ambition] Uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with its fate, can be egoistic, very reliable and trustworthy, prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over heart, but take partnership very serious.

Hornbeam Tree; [the Good Taste] Of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, tends to egoism, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads reasonable, disciplined life, looks for kindness, an emotional partner and acknowledgment, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with his/her feelings, mistrust most people, is never sure of its decisions, very consciences.

Fig Tree; [the Sensibility] Very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

Oak Tree; [Robust Nature] Courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not love changes, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

Birch Tree; [the Inspiration] Vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

Olive Tree; [the Wisdom] Loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

Beech Tree; [the Creative] Has good taste, concerned about its materialist, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports,etc.).

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You Know You've Had too Much COFFEE when ---

Juan Valdez names his donkey after you.
You get a speeding ticket even when you're parked.
You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
You sleep with your eyes open.
You have to watch videos in fast-forward.
You lick your coffeepot clean.

Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
You can type sixty words a minute with your feet.
You can jump-start your car without cables.

Your only source of nutrition comes from "Sweet & Low."
You don't sweat, you percolate.
You've worn out the handle on your favorite coffee mug.
You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
You've worn the finish off you coffee table.
The Taster's Choice couple wants to adopt you.
Starbuck's owns the mortgage on your house.
You're so wired you pick up FM radio.
Your life's goal is to "amount to a hill of beans."
Instant coffee takes too long.
You want to be cremated just so you can spend eternity in a coffee can.
You name your cats "Cream" and "Sugar."
Your lips are permanently stuck in the sipping position.
Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.

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Searching For The Voice In My Heart

It was the first day of census, and all through the land each pollster was ready ...
a black book in hand.
He mounted his horse for a long dusty ride,
his book and some quills were tucked close by his side.
A long winding ride down a road barely there,
towards the smell of fresh bread wafting, up through the air.

The woman was tired, with lines on her face
and wisps of brown hair she tucked back into place.
She gave him some water ... as they sat at the table
and she answered his questions ... the best she was able.

He asked her of children. Yes, she had quite a few.
The oldest was twenty, the youngest not two.
She held up a toddler with cheeks round and red.
His sister, she whispered, was napping in bed.

She noted each person who lived there with pride,
and she felt the faint stirrings of the wee one inside.
He noted the sex, the color, the age...
the marks from the quill soon filled up the page.

At the number of children, she nodded her head
and he saw her lips quiver for the three that were dead.
The places of birth she "never forgot" ...
was it Kansas? or Utah? or Oregon ... or not?

They came from Scotland, of that she was clear.
But she wasn't quite sure just how long they'd been here.
They spoke of employment, of schooling and such.
They could read some ... and write some ... though really not much.

When the questions were answered, his job there was done
so he mounted his horse and he rode towards the sun.
We can almost imagine his voice loud and clear,
"May God bless you all for another ten years."

Now picture a time warp ... it's now you and me
as we search for the people on our family tree.
We squint at the census and scroll down so slow
as we search for that entry from long, long ago.

Could they only imagine on that long ago day
that the entries they made would effect us this way?
If they knew would they wonder at the yearning we feel
and the searching that makes them so increasingly real.

We can hear if we listen the words they impart
through their blood in our veins and their voice in our heart
.

Author unknown.

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Technology For Country Folk

Log On -Makin a wood stove hotter
Log Off -Don't add no more wood
Monitor -Keepin an eye on the wood stove
Download -Gettin the farwood off the truk
Mega Hertz -When yer not kerful gettin the farwood
Floppy Disc -Whatcha git from tryin to carry too much farwood
Ram -That thar thing whut splits the farwood
Hard Drive -Gettin home in the winter time
Prompt -Whut the mail ain't in the winter time
Windows -Whut to shut wen it's cold outside
Screen -Whut to shut wen it's blak fly season
Byte -Whut them dang flys do
Chip -Munchies fer the TV
Microchip -Whut's in the bottom of the munchie bag
Modem -What cha did to the hay fields
Dot Matrix -Old Dan Matrix's wife
Lap Top -Whar the kitty sleeps
Keyboard -Whar ya hang the dang keys
Software -Them dang plastic forks and knifs
Mouse -Whut eats the grain in the barn
Mainframe -Holds up the barn roof
Port -Fancy Flatlander wine
Enter -Northerner talk for "C'mon in y'all"
Random Access Memory-wen ya cain't 'member whut ya paid fer the rifle when yore wife asks
Mousepad -That hippie talk fer the rat hole

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Why Scrapbooks?
Submitted by Robin Fairservice

Who's this little girl?
What happened on that day?
Did she grow up to be a mom?
No one ever to say.

Such a pretty little picture.
Its condition is quite good.
But no one ever placed it
in the place they really should.

How proud and honoured would you be
to look at yourself someday.
But nothing ever happened
for it to be viewed today.

It was never enjoyed at all.
Found in a drawer or in a box,
Stored beside old letters,
lingerie and socks.

I came across your picture,
it made me quite sad to see.
For it meant that your story's meaning
had been lost to history
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The Genealogy Bug

You may follow dead end trails,
As you search through dusty files,
You weaken your eyes with microfilm,
And travel for miles and miles:

You rummage through Church records,
And interview over the phone,
You look for Grandma's marriage,
And find she has children alone.

You write many unanswered letters,
To people across the sea,
You find your great Uncle Zanzibar,
Was hung for shooting Aunt Bea;

You ignore your dust and dishes,
You never vacuum the rug,
You've caught the disease that has no cure,
You have the Genealogy Bug!

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