It is week 25 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt is Unexpected. Unexpected? The one thing I have learned in more than two decades of genealogical research is to expect the unexpected. You never know what you are going to uncover! Take for example my recent “religious” findings…
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Holy mole! How did that happen? I missed week 24 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. Granted, only a day has passed me by, but still, I feel like such a slacker! Oh well, before I lose another day, this week’s, I mean, last week’s writing prompt is/was Handed Down.
It is week 23 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt is Wedding. For this week, instead of focusing on a wedding that was, I will discuss one that was not.
It is week 22 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt, Uncertain, is an appropriate adjective to describe these past few months. The world is turning topsy-turvy. Amid pandemic, prejudice, and protests live unease, unrest, and uncertainty.
For days, I have tried to focus on genealogy and write about the past, but the present, so chaotic and psychotic, has kept me in the here and now. So instead of writing about our ancestors this week, I will instead highlight the lives and experiences of the living…
It is week 21 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. For this week, the writing prompt is Tombstone.
Marking the places where the dead are buried is a human practice older than recorded history with some of the oldest known stone markers dating back to 3,000 to 4,000 B.C. Known as dolmens or chamber tombs, they were megalithic monuments. The earliest tombstones, like the dolmen, were a stone or stones covering the entire grave. Unlike earlier tombstones, today’s headstones are much smaller, serving as memorials for the deceased. While some headstones are simple, carved only with the deceased’s initials or name, others are elaborately carved or decorated, with each symbol representing a theme or feeling. Some of my favorite family headstones contain these symbols (with these meanings):
- Anchor: Steadfast hope
- Book: Faith, wisdom
- Dove: Holy Spirit, purity
- Garland: Victory over death
- Hands: Relationship, affection
- Heart: Devotion, love
- Ivy: Faithfulness, memory
- Lamb: Innocence, youth
- Lily: Purity, resurrection
- Oak: Strength, resilience
- Skeleton or skull: Life’s brevity
- Weeping willow: Mourning, grief