Two kids, two spouses, four grandchildren — all in the same picture, even though three of them live in Minnesota. That’s my picture of the year — and what I’d like for Christmas if I didn’t already have it.
Find your own picture to copy — or take one — make copies, get some frames and voila. You’ve come up with gifts that will be cherished, yet don’t cost a lot of money.
Are you the keeper of the family’s “old” pictures? Dig one out that you know your family members would appreciate, and make some copies.
One year I copied a photo of my dad with the “black gang” on his ship in World War II. He is shown with his fellow motor machinist mates, the guys who worked in the engine room.
On Memorial Day over the years, we always took a picture of my dad in his Navy uniform after the Abbot parade in front of the Honor Roll, with grandchildren. My sister recently gave me a delightful photo of Daddy with my twin nephews — the ones we could never tell apart until they were about 15.
I have a great photo to copy this year if I can remember where I put it. It’s the one of my grandmother running the Linotype at the Piscataquis Observer in the late 1920s.
Or how about copying a pic of your grandparents or great-grandparents from an era that shows how different clothes looked then?
If you do genealogy, there are many things you can do for Christmas gifts.
Keep in mind that not everyone will want a copy of everything you’ve discovered in the past 20 or 30 years.
But you could do a diagram of one of your lines, decorate it and then frame it.
Or you could make a notebook with some pedigree charts, a few pictures and documents such as a copy of Grampy’s registration card for World War I. Even those who didn’t serve had to register.
Divider pages could separate information such as “Military,” “Mayflower People,” “Where We Lived,” “Our Jobs” and other topics. Whatever interests you.
I have one young relative by marriage who’s quite interested in genealogy, so I’m going to make a notebook for him that includes what I’ve learned about his Penobscot Indian heritage.
Do you know about Gen4Kids?
The next Genealogy for Kids Day will be held 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, in the Children’s Story Room at Bangor Public Library.
The event is open to all children between 8 and 14.
There will be a library staff member to give a guided tour of the Bangor Room and demonstrate how to use the microfilm and the card catalog there.
Phil Getchell, Pete McClarie and John Nelligan, members of the Penobscot County Genealogical Society, will be among those helping the youngsters learn how to start climbing their family tree and preserve memories today for the future.
Register for Gen4Kids Day at the Children’s Desk or by calling 947-8337, ext. 110.
Refreshments will be served.
The holidays are a delightful time to visit the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House on Congress Street in Portland.
Tours are available 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 3. Admission is $8 adults, $3 children 5-17, free to members.
3442. TOOMEY-CASEY-O’LEARY. I have a Daniel Toomey who came from Ireland. He was born about 1811 and married Margaret Casey on Dec. 1, 1838, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Bangor. Margaret was from Ireland, too, but I don’t know where. My mother always said that Bishop Edward O’Leary was our cousin. Thanks for any help. Elaine Goode, 309 Ohio St., Bangor, ME 04401; Mag1938@aol.com.
3443. DUBAY-GORMLEY-DAMBOISE-STEVENS-DOLING. Seeking marriage date and place for Clement Dubay and Helen Gormley, and for Helen’s parents. Clement was the son of Thomas Dubay and Martha Damboise. Children: Christina Dubay married Leroy Stevens Jr. on Aug. 20, 1949, where? Richard Dubay Sr. married Mary Ann Doling, where and when? Also need all info on sibling Cynthia. Linda Dube, 105 Birch St., Madawaska, ME 04756; 728-4082; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402.