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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.
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?
I ran away from home last Monday. Day 1 I drove from Tucson to Guyman, OK. I stayed at a Holiday Inn with great beds. After a good night's sleep, I began day 2. I drove from OK to Madison,WI. It was a long drive but I made it! Day three started with some scrambled eggs before hitting the Wisconsin Historical Society in downtown Madison.
I searched microfilms and pulled a bunch check of books. I left at 6 pm. I didn't even stop for lunch! I located marriage, birth and death records. I also found quite a few obituaries in Milwaukee's Polish newspaper.
Now I just need to translate them. I met some great genealogists in the library and really enjoyed walking around downtown and on the University campus. Good news, I got my 10,000 steps in and I enjoyed every step of it.
Tomorrow I head to Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois. I plan to tramp among my relatives and view a wonderful old German Cemetery. I'll check in soon...