Friday, September 14, 2007

The Bartlett Society Reunion

The Society of Descendants of Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, Massachusetts is having its 100th reunion, October 13 and 14, 2007 at Plimoth Plantation.

I have been a member of the Society for about 5 years now, and I must say I am very excited about attending! I have already paid for our 2 adults and 1 child. I have reserved our room at the Pilgrim Sands Motel, just down the street from Plimoth Plantation, so if any other Society members are staying there, give me a shout!

I wonder, as I always do about genealogical things, if I will end up being the youngest adult member there. As genealogy is often considered the "hobby" of retirees, people are often surprised to see me at places like the LDS, Mayflower Society Library, NEHGS, etc. The people at the local LDS have commented a few times on my age (and I know people judge my age at around 26, but I'm actually 32... and 3/4... lol).

My son may be the youngest child at 4 (and 3/4... our birthdays are only 4 days apart), but who knows...

I'm very, very, very Bartlett. I've got something like 9 or 10 Bartlett lines, out of my 60+ Mayflower lines. My husband even has a Bartlett line. I suppose I shall have to bring my lineages with me, in case anyone asks. ;-)

In addition, I have volunteered to take over "The Bartlett Line" newsletter, the official newsletter of the Bartlett Society (and if you read my "Ramblings" blog, you will see that I am already an extremely busy person with my coven as both High Priestess and creative director of our local Pagan newsletter; I am chairperson of the Adult RE working group for our UU church steering committee; I am a SpiralScouts leader; a homeschooling mom; I volunteer for NEHGS; I am a writer; oh, and I've offered to handle the UU's newsletter too!).

Again, I am very excited about this reunion. I grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where visits to Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Rock, and Mayflower II were de rigueur for elementary school students.

I will also take advantage of the opportunity to purchase Mayflower curriculum for homeschooling while I am there!

Plymouth, here we come... See you in 29 days!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hopeful reunion

Because I have all of my husband's grandfather's WWII photos, I feel a responsibility to do something with them. My goal has been to reunite them with family members. Of, oh, I don't know... 20 or 30-something photographs, I've mailed 2 to family. I search and I reach out to people, but they don't respond. It's too bad.

Fortunately I had an email today for the 3 photographs of this man, Rusboldt, aka "Russ". No first name on the photos presents a problem, but the person who contacted me today had a good number of immediate family serve in WWII.

I hope the odds of this being his father or one of his uncles are good; I'd love to see another person get tangible memories that perhaps they did not have before!