Sunday, December 5, 2010 is given Ancestor Approved Award

This week I was notified by Jenny Lantcot of Are My Roots Showing that she was recognizing this blog,, with the Ancestor Approved award.

The award comes with a couple of requests:

1.  List ten things that you have learned about your ancestors that surprised, humbled, or enlightened you.
2.  Pass the award to ten other genealogy bloggers.

What I have learned:

1. My ancestors worked hard all their lives to support their families and raise their children.
2. My ancestors were willing to take risks, to travel to new places to make a better life for their families.
3. My ancestors lives were not without sadness and tragedies.
4. My ancestors seldom smiled for the camera.
5. My ancestors did not always get along with their siblings.
6. Number 5 brings me to Number 6: My ancestors spent quite a bit of time in court suing and being sued by their relatives.
7. My ancestors believed in honoring the memory of the family - how else would I have so many wonderful photographs, documents and mementos?
8. My ancestors treasured education and their faith.
9. My ancestors weren't all horse thieves as Grandpa Kelly used to warn.
10. My ancestors made my life possible.

In turn, I pay it forward by passing along the Ancestor Approved Award to the following blogs:

Life From the Roots - Barbara Poole
Random Relatives - Diana Ritchie
Genealogy's Star - James Tanner
The You Go Genealogy Girls Blog - Ruby Coleman and Cheri Hopkins
Documenting the Details - Linda McCauley
Grace and Glory - Becky Jamison

Each of these bloggers contributes something different to the genealogy blogging community. I learn something from each and every one of them and their blogs are among my "must read" list in my RSS reader. Please visit their sites and add them to your RSS feed if you have not do so already.

UPDATE: On January 1, 2011, was recognized with the Ancestor Approved award by Polly Kimmitt on her PollyBlog. Thanks, Polly!

UPDATE: On January 19, 2011, was recognized by ScotSue at FamilyHistoryFun. Thanks, Sue!