Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Logging in Northern Wisconsin

Logging in Forest county, located in northeast Wisconsin, December 1927. Many of the men featured in this photograph, including my maternal grandfather Harley Space (pictured in the front row, sixth from the left), were children and grandchildren of pioneers who settled this part of the state. As I look forward to time spent 'up north' to ring in the new year with my lightweight snowshoes, Polartec jacket and gloves, Under Armor insulating layers, I think back to when this photograph was taken; a time when it was uncommon to spend more time inside than out. This brings to mind how close we are to losing contact with Mother Nature.
Copyright Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Christmas morning at my Grandma Bergeron's. When Christmas is played on the highlight reel of my life ... this is what I remember. Merry Christmas.
Copyright Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice! The shortest day of the year is one of my favorite days. Not because of the fact that this is the shortest day or that tomorrow we will "gain" one minute of daylight. It is hard to describe the reasons why this day brings with it a sense of joy, of new beginnings. Could it be a connection I feel, a kinship, with the ancients who celebrated the shortest day of the year. I posted about this one year ago today.

In celebration of the Winter Solstice I share with you a poem and wish for you joy on this cold winters evening.

Just Delicate Needles
It's so delicate, the light.
And there's so little of it. The dark
is huge.
Just delicate needles, the light,
in an endless night.
And it has such a long way to go
through such desolate space.
So let's be gentle with it.
Cherish it.
So it will come again in the morning.
We hope.

Rolf Jacobsen
Translated by Robert Hedin
Copper Canyon Press

Photography and post with the exception of poem, Just Delicate Needles,
copyright by Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Winter frost "artwork" courtesy of Jack Frost, painted on the back storm door at the cabin. I snapped the photo through the screen giving the illusion of a needlepoint design.

Copyright Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

Buried in the Merrill Memorial Cemetery located in Merrill, Lincoln county, Wisconsin, this is one of the old tombstones that time and the elements have begun to wear away.
Copyright Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday Morning's Look at Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

With the second week in December coming to a close and the start of the new year on the horizon, Santa Seaver at Gena-Musings has added yet another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun question for everyone to ponder: to express our wishes for databases we want the genealogy companies to bring to us.

1) Define one or more genealogy or family history databases, that are not currently online, that would really help you in your research. Where does this database currently reside?

2) Tell us about it/them ...

Oh my. Are you are old enough to recall the anticipation waiting for the official start to the Christmas season: the arrival of the toy catalog? If you are, then you may recall laying on the living room floor marking the pages to reference for your letter to Santa and will understand why I have chosen for my database wish to bypass the toy section and going right to the top and ask for a Christmas pony.

My wish would be free access to military records relative to the War of 1812 at the NARA.

The selected records offered by several genealogy sites/companies are a start but, of course, the records I am interested in are not included in these selected records.

The progenitor of my Facer family line, Lewis Facer, is listed as having served during the War of 1812. Listed on the one and only piece of paper that a researcher could find states his rank, the company he served in and a hint that more military records exist but are not able to be located. I am convinced this is one of those instances of his surname being misspelled and possibly the researcher was not looking for other possible variances.

I have several other brick walls and holes in my family history that online access to the complete War of 1812 database would either solve or give me clues as to where to look next.

Oh .. and did I mention I would like this access to be a no cost?

So Santa ... I have a blanket on my bedroom floor that will be perfect for my new pony.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

There's no place like home ...
Copyright 2009 Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski

Tombstone Tuesday

John Clare Bergeron, stillborn son of Carol Arleen Bergeron; 9 Sept 1948. Buried in Aniwa Cemetery, Aniwa Township, Shawano Co, WI. Rest in Peace.
Copyright 2009 Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski


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