One of my favorite things (when I have time for it) is family history. I love learning all sorts of cool stuff about my ancestors and the legacy they've left for us. My parents have been so diligent in keeping pictures, journals and family trees that I have more information then most.
A tradition that my husband and I started is that each of our girls inherited their middle name from an ancestor. My eldest daughter - from my grandmother. My middle daughter - from a woman in my husband's family tree who was born in the 1700's. My youngest daughter - from my great, great grandmother who lived in Prussia and was a playmate to a Polish Princess. Pretty cool, huh?
I've also learned that my great grandfather was an architect in NYC who designed many of the buildings there. When he had a stroke, his caregiver deceitfully had him sign his estate over to her. Since the court systems aren't what they are today - she received everything while the posterity went broke.
We can learn so much about our past and our future from these family members. It has been an amazing experience in my life to do work and discover these histories.
You're probably wondering what this has to do with writing. Am I right? Well, hold on, I'm about to tell you.
My friend, Anne Bradshaw, has compiled a collection of stories about geneology work entitled TRUE MIRACLES WITH GENEOLOGY. One of my experiences is featured in that book. Cool beans.
If you aren't familiar with Anne's previous publications, check out her website here. She's a talented writer and is inspiration to me. TRUE MIRACLES is currently available at Amazon.
Anne has graciously agreed to giveaway a copy of her book to one lucky winner! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. Contest ends Wednesday, October 6th, 2010. WInner will be announced Friday, October 8th, 2010.
Oh and please come back on Wednesday....I'm doing an interview and another GIVEAWAY! You won't want to miss it!!