There’s a lot of good family history information available on the Internet. Here are five places we’ve enjoyed visiting this week:
- Italian Grandma Survives Depression, Strikes Gold. Elaine Underwood introduces us to “Clara Cannucciari, a 93-year-old grandmother and star of Great Depression Cooking, a web series on which she shares recipes and describes, with great charm and humor, how she and her family survived – gained weight, even – during the Great Depression.”
- Ross residents create 'diary' for township. This story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes how a community is celebrating its bicentennial by collecting photos, documents and family memoirs for the township’s historical society archives.
- Slave Surnames: Where Are They From? Robyn on her Reclaiming Kin blog reports on a spirited discussion about the origin of slave names. As she points out, white owners rarely recorded slaves names but “you really get a sense that the slaves had coherent family structures, surnames and all, even in the midst of slavery’s frantic desire to stomp them out.”
- Meet my Great Aunt Lessie. Alysa writes in her Little Things in Life blog about her 89-year-old great aunt’s willingness to share stories – happy and sad – as her family’s last living member of her grandmother’s generation.
- Superbowl of family reunions. That’s my description of the World Acadian Congress which includes up to 90 family reunions each year. This post at Franco-American News & Events is about Louisiana’s bid to lure the event back to that state for the first time since before Hurricane Katrina.
Writing prompt of the day: Make a list of the three oldest members of your family and five questions you would like to ask each of them. You can figure out the next step.
Flickr photo courtesy of jlcwalker.