Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Tell Your Family Story in Two (or Five!) Minutes

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  One of the Keynote speakers today at RootsTech 2014 was Todd Hansen who has The Story Trek show on BYU TV.  He did something I thought was neat - he told his own and his family's story in two minutes - backwards from the present to the past.

2)  For this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - please tell us your life story, and your family's story (back at least to grandparents) in two to five  minutes (say, 200 to 500 words).

3)  Share it with us on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

Here's mine:

I'm Randy Seaver, writing this blog at RootsTech.  I researched on Wednesday at the Family History Library, we flew in on Tuesday from San Diego, where my wife and I live in Chula Vista, a city just north of the Mexican border.  I've been blogging for 8 years now, after retiring in 2006 from an aerospace engineering career at Rohr/Goodrich in Chula Vista.  We raised two daughters, who married smart guys, and we have four grandchildren.  We moved into our present home in Chula Vista in 1975, and were married in 1970.  I attended San Diego State University, San Diego High School, Roosevelt Junior High and Brooklyn Elementary. We lived on 30th Street in San Diego and I grew up playing and loving baseball and football.  

I was born in 1943, my parents married a year earlier.  My mother was an accomplished artist and teacher, an only child born in San Diego and she went to the same schools I did.  Her parents were Lyle Carringer and Emily Auble.  Lyle was an accountant with The Marston Department Store for 55 years, served in the U.S. Marines in 1917-1919 in San Diego, and grew up on the same block in San Diego that my mother and I did.  Lyle's parents were Austin Carringer and Della Smith, who settled in San Diego in 1887 a month after their marriage in Cheyenne County, Kansas.  Austin was an airplane mechanic, a machinist, and a carpenter, but was born in Pennsylvania, and had resided in Louisa County, Iowa and Boulder, Colorado.  Della was born in Wisconsin, and lived in Taylor County, Iowa, Concordia, Kansas and McCook Nebraska.  Emily's mother was Georgianna Kemp, who was born in Norfolk County, Ontario, moved to Chicago in about 1890, met and married Charles Auble in 1898.  Charles was a painter (probably not an artist).  They moved to San Diego in 1911 where Emily met Lyle and started their family.  After Charles died falling down the stairs in 1916, Georgianna lived with her daughter's family.

My father was Frederick W. Seaver, who was a Prudential insurance agent while I was growing up.  He came to San Diego in December 1940 to escape a failed romance and the snow in Leominster, Massachusetts.  He attended Leominster High, but didn't graduate; he went to several prep schools, graduated from Worcester Academy, and attended Dartmouth College to play football but dropped out and had odd jobs in Leominster.  His parents were Frederick W. Seaver Sr., and Alma Bessie Richmond.  Fred was a superintendent in a plastics works in Leominster, and was born in Westminster, Massachusetts to Frank W. Seaver and Hattie L. Hildreth.  Frank was a foreman in a comb shop, and settled in Leominster in about 1870 with his parents.  Hattie was born in Northborough, Mass., and was a homemaker in Leominster; Frank and Hattie lived with her parents in Leominster.  Bessie was an accomplished pianist and organist, and raised seven children in Leominster.  She met Fred in Leominster and she married at age 18.  She was born in Killingly, Connecticut to Thomas Richmond and Julia White.  Thomas was an overseer of wool carders in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and had been born in Hilperton in Wiltshire.  Julia was a homemaker, was born in Killingly, and had a fine Mayflower ancestry.

Whew!  It took me more than two minutes to type that, and it is over 500 words.

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Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

1 comment:

Michigan Girl said...

Good job Randy. The funny thing is, I read it really fast because of the two minute limit. Like I was speed reading or something. LOL!

Have fun up there in SLC,