My sweet wonderful Dad passed away 5 years ago but he still surprises and delights me. He left me, literally, about 14 boxes of assorted papers and pictures. The assorted papers cover everything from his military service to warranties on a screw drivers. He was always interested in genealogy but Ancestry.com hadn't been invented yet and old time research without the Internet was time consuming. A few of the boxes he made a special effort to hide, squirreled them away in the crawl space of my parents' home so my mom wouldn't throw them away. These boxes had all the old photos in them.
Many of the photos don't have any markings or notations on them. I went through one box of interesting photos but they were all unmarked. But just for the hell of it, I made a quick pass through the box one more time. And then I found it......an old photo which says in my dad's handwriting...."Ma's Ma and her brother Casimer." There's also a Lithuanian hand written note which Google Translator basically translates as: Mama sends greetings.
And so...Ursule...my great grandmother and I ....meet.
I was jumping around like a cat with a bunch of hot fleas when I discovered the notation....doing that happy little dance that means you found something extraordinary. I believe I also gave out the "Genealogy Whoop," that special cry of joy when you find a family link. What luck....how I wish I could hug my dad for that simple little inscription he left me which I can verify in the very faded Lithuanian text.
My great grandmother. I've been staring at her on my home screen for a full day now. She quite a woman....dressed in that rabbit fur coat (my hub reminded me that Ursule means bear but I don't think that's a bear pelt). She's wide....real wide.....with enough bulk to stop a truck. And that babuska! Wow....no small dainty thing for great grandma...that's one sizable scarf.
But she has a good smile....and looks rock steady.....actually she looks very North African Berber to me....my hub says she looks Indian...as in American Indian (who came from Siberian-Mongolian-Euro Asia stock).
She looks strong.....tough....but that smile makes her look generous not mean. I immediately liked her. She looks like someone I'd love to know and talk to.....
Ursule...Ursule.....so nice to meet you.....I am your great grand daughter.