Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - A Farmer & His Wife

Lee & Phyllis (nee Manmiller) Stitzel

Location: Zion Moselem Lutheran Church, Moselem Church Road, Richmond Township, Berks County, PA 

Although Lee Stitzel was four years younger than my stepfather, Walter C. L. Adam, Lee was actually the much younger half-brother of my stepdad's father, Walter J. Adam. So Lee was my stepfather's uncle, even though he was younger than my stepfather..

Aren't overlapping generations fun in family trees? You'd think from ages that Walt would be Lee's older cousin, but Walt was actually Lee's nephew.

Lee was a proud farmer and hunter and wanted that memorialized in his stone design. His wife, a fan of playing BINGO has her imprint in the BINGO card that also is featured on the stone.

(Photo by Karen Fox 2010)
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Oddball Sunday - I Dreamed A (Genealogy) Dream

Oddball Sunday is a new blog theme of mine. It will encompass anything that is odd, off topic, or just plain doesn't really fit into any of the more traditional Genealogy topic themes. 

I Dreamed A Dream

Last night, I had been doing some family genealogy research online until the wee hours of the morning. I finally shut down and went to bed. Now full disclosure - I have no tattoos and I have no interest/intent in sporting a tattoo myself. I have nothing against them or people who have them, they just aren't for me. 

In my dream, I was sitting in a tattoo parlour getting a colorful word cloud of my paternal surnames inked onto my right upper arm. It was so beautiful and I was so happy with it that in this dream (where time is apparently irrelevant LOL),  several days later I returned and had a word cloud of my maternal surnames tattood onto my left upper arm.  It was such a "real" and vivid dream that when I awoke I had to check to see if I really did have those tattoos on my arms.

Have you ever had genealogy related dreams or nightmares? I know you have...c'mon share them in the comments section!