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Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Christmas Parties
Gary and Amy foreground, the Judge and brother-in-law behind us
Probably the best Christmas party we ever threw was our wedding. Gary and I decorated the house, invited about 60 people, and those that came became part of our "surprise" wedding. Our friend who was a Superior Court judge did the honors - well sort of - she couldn't read without her glasses so my brother-in-law stood behind her and read the ceremony into her ear and she repeated what he said. We were made legal next to the Christmas tree in our living room with folks crowed around and overflowing into the dining room. We hired a bartender, had the food catered, and had a riot of a time. We didn't exactly plan for a photographer but we still have a few pictures some of our visitors took and shared with us.
I left Madison with a USB full of records regarding the Drezdzon and other related families. I downloaded quite a few obituaries from Milwaukee's Polish newspapers. My find at FGS was a book on how to read Polish obituaries, I have many translations to work through. First stop in Illinois was a stop at Portillo's for a Chicago dog, I was in heaven! Which led me to the second most important thing to do - hitting a grocery store and buying all the bright green relish that I could find.
I actually was in the area to visit the family graves at Concordia Cemetery located in Forest Park, Illinois. The cemetery offices were very helpful and I located more family plots. I like to check on the plots since my grandmother paid for perpetual care in 1942 in the amount of $100.00. The $100.00 covers the entire plot of nine graves. I think she would be happy to know the cemetery has kept their word she made quit a bargain.
The National Archives will be presenting a 2016 Virtual Genealogy Fair to be held October 26th and 27th. No need to register just go to Genealogy Fair to attend.
Session Schedule (eastern daylight time EDT)
Day 1: Wednesday, October 26Watch entire day on YouTube TimeActivity10 a.m.Welcoming Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero10:05 a.m.Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens11 a.m.The Best National Archives Records Genealogists Aren't Using by Lori Cox-Paul12 p.m.National Archives Innovative Online Resources and Tools to Help with Your Genealogical Research by Sarah Swanson and Kelly Osborn1 p.m.You too can be a Citizen Archivist! Getting the most out of the National Archives Catalog by Suzanne Isaacs and Meredith Doviak2 p.m.Department of State Records for Genealogical Research by David Pfeiffer3 p.m.American Battle Monuments Commission by Ryan Bass
Day 2: Thursday, October 27Watch entire day on YouTube TimeActivity10 a.m.Nonpop…
I am driving to #FGS2016 from Tucson, Arizona. My first goal is to make it to Madison Wisconsin and research at the Wisconsin Historical Society. The target of my research is my husband's family - Drvaric, Drezdzon, Drezdon, Dresdon, Mikolajczak, Kwiecienski. I have my research list made and ready to go.
The next target is Forest Park, Illinois to visit cemeteries where family are buried: Concordia, Forest Home and Wunder's cemeteries. Then on to Ridgewood Memorial to visit my Grandparents graves in Des Plaines. I may look up some old high school friends and visit the old neighborhood.
While I am in the area I am going to stock up on some bright green or Chicago Relish as it is also called. Never heard of Chicago relish?