Welcome to the extended Kelley family of Yarmouth, MA (Warren and Howland-Tilley) who have bumped us over the 2500 mark!
The television coverage that I saw gave only a fleeting glance of some rigging but other people did get shots of this beautiful entry on their televisions. Friends of ours attending the parade kindly went to the viewing area afterwards and took these photos and sent them along. Thank you!
Note the sign in the 3rd picture saying that the California Mayflower Society entry had won the "Americana Award," given for the "Most outstanding depiction of national treasures and traditions." Absolutely! Congratulations California Mayflower Society members, officers, volunteer flower-attachers, costumed float-riders, and everyone else who contributed the time and money to accomplish this amazing 2020 goal.
Images courtesy of and © C&D Straub, 2020.
The California Mayflower Society is kicking off 2020 celebrations on January 1st with an entry in the iconic Rose Bowl Parade, officially the "Rose Parade" in the "Tournament of Roses." It begins at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Wednesday. The theme this year is "The Power of Hope," and the Mayflower passengers and their estimated 30 million modern-day descendants certainly exemplify what can come from Hope (400 years later.) The home page of the California Mayflower Society has information on what it took to make a parade entry happen and ways YOU can participate. (Click on "Ways You Can Participate in the Parade" at the bottom right.) It is too late to decorate but they need other Mayflower Society participants for related in-person activities Dec. 29 - Jan 2. They would appreciate your financial support and are selling an array of interesting items, including a case of Mayflower-themed California wine and a "Who's Your Pilgrim?" t-shirt. TV stations broadcasting the parade in your area can be found here, at the official Rose Bowl Parade website. Be sure to tune in early & watch like the proverbial hawk because floats are sometimes only on screen for a matter of seconds, maybe a whole half minute if they are particularly noteworthy or have won a prize. (Cross your fingers for the California Mayflower Society's "Voyage of Hope" entry.) After the parade, you can visit the floats up close & personal on Jan. 1st & 2nd. (Have your picture taken with "Voyage of Hope" and post it online.) That is a ticketed event, though, so find info here.
From the New American Bible, Revised Edition (2011), courtesy of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and per Matthew 1: 1-17
The Genealogy of Jesus.* 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse, 6 Jesse the father of David the king.
David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. 7 Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. 8 Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. 9 Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos,* Amos the father of Josiah. 11 Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile.
12 After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, 15 Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah, fourteen generations.*
Here is a link to The Legal Genealogist's warning about a planned mind-boggling increase to fees charged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service for copies of old records. The blogpost contains a link to the (innocuous) wording of the proposed change but explains what it really means to an average user. (Frankly, it would put such documents out of the reach of most people.) Furthermore, The Legal Genealogist (attorney-genealogist Judy G. Russell) asks why these records (or copies of them) are not being sent to the NARA, where they would be more accessible. Russell asks you to read the record, post your comments on the Federal Register comment page (her post gives a Dec. 16th deadline but the Records, Not Revenue website and the Federal Rulemaking Portal page, where you go to post your comments, both say that has been moved to Dec. 30th.) Then contact your senators & congressperson to share your opinions. Finally, tell every genealogist and genealogy buff to do the same. But hurry.
Update 12.20.2019: I submitted my comments today and emailed them to my U.S. Rep and Senators, requesting that they do what they can to prevent the fee increases. Don't be shy!
Thanksgiving is over, so it's time to put up the lights and start making & freezing whatever holiday goodies are in your family tradition. The pilgrims were not teatotallers, so I take that as an example and make these cookies every year. The recipe originated in one of those 1950s-era “Reddy Kilowatt” cookbooks written to get consumers to switch to ovens operating “the cool, clean, electric way.” I've modified it to make more than the tiny batch the original made and to use a food processor for faster preparation - albeit just as messy. You can substitute rum or bourbon for whiskey and pecans for the walnuts but I use ordinary Jack Daniel’s “Old No. 7” whiskey and walnuts. Likewise, measurements are not exact. One standard box of vanilla wafers generates 3 ½ cups of crumbs. If you have more or less than one box, increase or decrease the other ingredients to match. The ratio is 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs to 1 cup chopped nuts to 1 cup powdered sugar, etc. so adjust the ingredient amounts accordingly, if necessary. Likewise, the amount of liquor needed may be slightly more or less depending on humidity. (I live in the desert.) You will be rolling it into balls with your hands and the desired consistency is “very sticky.”
1 box vanilla wafers, crushed (NOT fat free or “light”)
3 ½ cups of chopped walnuts
3 ½ cups of powdered sugar
7 tablespoons of baking cocoa (2 tablespoons per cup of crushed wafers)
5 ¼ tablespoons white corn syrup (1 ½ tablespoons per cup of crushed wafers)
7/8 cup of whiskey (1/4 cup per cup of crushed wafers)
Another cup or so of powdered sugar to roll the cookies in.
Instructions: Using the sharp knife-edged blade, chop the nuts in a food processor until they range from crumb- to ¼”-size. Set them aside in a separate bowl. Chop the vanilla wafers into very small crumbs. Set those aside in the bowl with the chopped nuts. Change the blade to a strong metal one that can blend heavy dough. Dump the nuts and cookie crumbs back into the food processor. Add everything else, whiskey last. Mix thoroughly, stopping to scrape the sides of the container, until all ingredients are blended. Take 1-2 tablespoon-size bits of dough and roll in as thick a layer of powdered sugar as possible. Store refrigerated in a sealed container. If you need to stack them, use wax paper or parchment paper to keep the layers apart and the cookies as round as possible.
Although the dough is certainly tasty these are actually much better after a few days, weeks, or even a month of curing in a sealed container in your refrigerator. If they are to be your new Favorite Christmas Cookie, remember to make them a couple weeks beforehand. These are VERY whiskeyish, so not everyone will like them but everyone WILL know what you have been eating. And if you put them out at a gathering, include a small sign saying "these contain whiskey" in the event a guest does not/cannot consume liquor. (Liquor does not "cook out" of an unbaked cookie.)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!
Today's entry, Mabel Louise Handy, was actually #301. (The Alden-Mullinses got away from me, which is easy, so I counted them 3 times today to verify their number.) Siblings Edward Allen Boyden and Ethel Boyden from a few days ago were actually #s 299 and 300. Please visit therm and their "cousins." The Alden-Mullins section is unique for having so many photos of sibling sets or multigenerational group photos. I will try to consolidate some of them in the near future to make it easier to spot family resemblances, which was the original point of this website.
The website BillionGraves (a worthy competitor to findagrave that includes GPS coordinates) has posted a lengthy blogpost on Thanksgiving & the Mayflower pilgrims. There are lots of pictures, including (naturally) gravestones, and it makes for interesting reading. That said, the first part saying 36 adults and 15 children on the Mayflower left descendants makes it sound like there are 51 bloodlines on which one can join. There are actually only about 25ish, as BillionGraves counted each individual (Mom, Dad, children) when actually 2 parents + 1 child make for 1 line of descent. Details, details! Read and enjoy, and a very happy Thanksgiving to all you readers out there.
The Arizona Mayflower Society broke its previous attendance record with about 140 attendees at yesterday's annual Compact Day luncheon. A very good time was had by all. Brewster "cousin" Laurie & husband Lincoln (a GSMD member but not my "cousin") surprised us all with a very cool proclamation (see below.) It came from our state governor, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the signing of the original Mayflower Compact in 2020. I hope you can enlarge it enough to read what it says because it was very thoughtfully worded and she was able to get a Republican governor and a Democratic secretary of state (Lt. Gov.) both to sign it. They also had a proclamation from the city of Scottsdale, and had both handsomely framed. We heard an update on 2020 plans in AZ and MA, and got a very educational presentation by AZ Elder and Alden-Mullins "cousin" Tom, on another ancestor, John Robinson, leader of the Leiden congregation. (Pastor Robinson did not come to America but 2 of his children did later.) Robinson sent the Mayflower contingent off with a letter of instruction that turned out to contain instructions to be sure and formalize self-government along the principles that the Leiden congregation had developed during their sojourn in Holland. So the pilgrims did not actually make up the Mayflower Compact ad lib, on the spot. Your host on this website (i.e., me) was surprised to receive a GSMD-authorized award for service as AZ Historian Thank you all, I am very grateful and will try to live up to it.
Photo © Maura Mackowski, 2019
It looks like a small group but only because a football field is so big. The square inside the arc of red and white is a group of khaki-clad ROTC cadets at the University of Arizona taking their oaths to serve and protect the USA. The giant flag was held (and waved) by current cadets and UA's Pride of the Southwest marching band (they really are that good) played patriotic songs. We gave the cadets a standing O. Best wishes to all of them!
Photo © Maura Mackowski 2019.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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