Thursday, May 13, 2010

Friday Five: Family Trees


Sophia had a recent "genealogical adventure" which inspired this week's Friday Five...

1. Do you have any interest in geneaology?
Yes! Several years ago I did some research and was able to get lots of good genealogical information. I haven't done any recent work, but I would like to get back into that and create a family tree book.

2. Which countries did your ancestors come from?
My ancestry is entirely of the "Germans from Russia" group. (Quick definition: In the 18th century, the Russian Czar invited German citizens to settle near the Black Sea and Volga River areas. In the 19th century, many of them moved on to America. Quicker definition: Think Lawrence Welk.)

3. Who is the farthest back ancestor whose name you know?
That would be Wendell Hoerth and his lovely wife Otilia -- both born around 1583.

4. Any favorite saints or sinners in the group?
My most famous relative is Bob Newhart.

5. What would you want your descendants to remember about you?
Hmm... I guess if I ever do complete my family tree book, they would fondly remember that I gathered and preserved that information for them!

Bonus: a song, prayer, or poem that speaks of family to you.
I'm going with this clip of the closing credits of the Lawrence Welk Show. That show reminds me of family -- both mine growing up and my own kids who watched it (on PBS) as they were growing up. And I love Lawrence's accent -- it reminds me of 'home'. :)

11 comments:

Processing Counselor said...

Would that be Ottila the Hun?
Wow Bob Newhart? No wonder your lovely daughter has caught the acting bug.

Sophia said...

My paternal Grandma and Grandpa loved that show! Brings back visits to their house when I was very small and my Grandma still wore a pretty mantilla to mass.

angela said...

My NC dad still loves to watch Lawrence Welk reruns on PBS. I love that you can so quickly define your ancestors. It would be fascinating to see a trip to that area of Russia now? Or is the political situation still so volatile?

1-4 Grace said...

Great stuff. Now I am gonna have, "Goodnight, sleep tight..."
stuck in my head. Bob Newhart show was a fave of mine
BTW, great cat pictures. I have 4 babies myself!

1-4 Grace said...

Great stuff. Now I am gonna have, "Goodnight, sleep tight..."
stuck in my head. Bob Newhart show was a fave of mine
BTW, great cat pictures. I have 4 babies myself!

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

Good ol' Lawrence Welk... it was usually on right after supper at our house... well I can practically see the bubble machine in your living room now...

Jan said...

I should have known that you would be organized with your family, too. You almost motivate me to get started on mine! How cool to know your relatives so far back. And Bob Newhart!

David said...

Too bad we're not related to Myron Floren!

Mompriest said...

awww, Lawrence Welk...I wanted to grow up and be a dancer and singer from watching shows like his...now how is it that I became a priest instead?

revhipchick said...

great play! very fun that you're related to Bob Newhart.

love that you know the names of ancestors as far back as the 16th century--impressive!

Diane said...

Bob Newhart is your relative! cool. I love him.

also have fond memories of Lawrence Welk.