A little musing and a GIVEAWAY!

This week, Utah celebrates it’s statehood day. Conveniently, the day that Utah became a state was the anniversary of the day Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon Pioneers came into the Salt Lake Valley. Sorta. My memory’s pretty fudgy these days, but I’m pretty sure they actually arrived in the area a few days before, but Brigham Young was sick and didn’t see the valley until the 24th.

Whatever. It resulted in me living where I do. Where sometimes we get snow in June. And sometimes we break 100 degrees. Sometimes in the same week. I know, right?

I have to admit, I have a slight fascination with pioneers. Maybe it’s because my own great-grandpa (who died when I was a Senior in HS, just before his 102nd birthday) was born while his own parents were traveling west. Maybe it’s because I admire the fortitude and sense of adventure it must have taken to pull up roots and head west. Maybe it’s because I like to be reminded of how much better my life is, with cars, iPods, the internet, and toilet paper.

Yeah, that’s probably it.

(By the way, my iPod’s missing again. Anyone seen it?)

So, while the original pioneers celebrated by playing a fiddle and dancing around the fire, today we Utahns celebrate by going to parades, eating ridiculous amounts of bad food at rodeos and demolition derbies, and driving to Wyoming for illegal fireworks. Good times.

Anyway, in honour (remember how I like that spelling?) of Utah’s Pioneer Day, I’m doing my very first giveaway!

You can win this:

Except with your family’s names, not mine. Want to see it closer? Okay!
You’ll win a custom-designed 11×14 Family Tree, with up to 60 names spanning four generations. Great for you, great for a gift. Great for framing, because you’ll have to buy your own.

Simply post a comment, telling me of an ancestor you wish you knew more of, knew less of, or just plain knew. I’ll do a drawing on Sunday, so make sure I have a way to contact you!

And, for those of you who scrapbook, head over to The Queen of Quirk’s blog, because she’s having a giveaway, too!

25 thoughts on “A little musing and a GIVEAWAY!

  1. Heather says:

    I wish I knew more about my grandma. She was murdered when my dad was 15 and the entire family pretends like she never existed. I've seen a few pictures and heard a few whispered stories and that is all.

  2. Hmm…I wish had lots of information on the family tree on my side. I have lots on my Dh's side. I wish I had more. Unfortunately, I don't have access to all the great family tree history that you do…

  3. Beau Dee says:

    Hey I remember grandpa Cooley!! I love this family tree idea, I have never seen anything like it, you are so creative!! ok so I wish I knew more about my Grandma Fitgerald's family. I remember helping with my great grandma when I was little but I do not remember my great grandpa or hearing many stories about him… ok mow I am calling my mom.

  4. GeNille says:

    Okay, well… I'm pretty sure Utah's statehood is in January and I know Grandpa Cooley was born in Mesa, AZ and I'm not really sure that was while they were 'traveling west'. I more recall a story about polygamy and Mexico… but your way *sounds* more interesting. In either case, I want to be entered in the drawing. (I'm not discriminated against for challenging your historical data, am I?)

  5. Gennifer says:

    I bow to your knowledge. Why the crap is the 24th a state holiday and not the actual statehood day? Utah is odd. (Shocker.)As far as the other, I prefer to just recognize that they were in a wagon, moving. Destination is a moot point.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have loved your tree projects! I love your creative mind!How do I sign up for your giveaway?Christi cleeg321@yahoo.com

  7. Disneypal says:

    I wish I knew my great, great grandparents. I have a very old and very rare picture of them. As far as we know, it is the only photo they ever had taken. His name was George Washington Lastname and he was a big, stocky, strong looking man. She was a teeny, tiny woman who looked a lot like granny from the Beverly Hillbillies.I don't know anything about them at all. I wish I could talk to them and find out about their parents, siblings, upbringing, etc. I look at this picture pretty much daily (it is in a prominate place in my home) and find myself just wishing I knew their story.

  8. I wish I knew more about the siblings of my great grandmother. She told me lots of stories but the who's who always got turned into 'my sister'…she had a lot of sisters!

  9. Anonymous says:

    My Great Aunt Winnie was born in Ireland and moved to the US as a young girl in the 1920's. She was a seamstress for Marshall Fields for over 30 yrs. When her best-friend and neighbor decided to move to a new home in another neighborhood, my Aunt couldn't bear the thought of losing her, so she bought the house next-door. She had a needle-point tapestry of our family tree hanging above the sofa in her living room. It was absolutely gorgeous. Done in blues, greens and turquoise, each leaf had a picture of a family member. When my Aunt passed away in the mid 90's, her niece inherited the wall hanging. I loved my Aunt Winnie, admired her greatly, and I wish I had gotten to know her better as an adult.Your artwork is amazing. Thanks for your kind gesture!Sheri- angeli67@sbcglobal.net

  10. Laura says:

    I wish I knew more about my DH's side of the fam. I have a ton of info on my side, but DH's has always been kind of muddled. His mom moved a lot between 10 & 18 (when she had him) so it's hard to nail down the facts and faces. One day I plan on tracing it though…one day!LOVE LOVE LOVE your tree!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I wish I knew more about my great grandfather who was a drummer boy in the civil war. His hands have a mottled look in the photo taken of him after he mustered out and he died very young at 35 years old. No one knows what he died of or why his skin was so mottled.I LOVE your art work and would LOVE to order a family tree when I get all of the names figured out. I am not sure how many names would be in 4 generations but I am EXCITED to put together the list. Thank you for inspiring me to continue do this ancestry!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I love your tree!I wish I had met my grandfather on my mom's side of the family, he died before I was born.Jean cjselind@q.com

  13. LoriLeigh says:

    Count me in the contest too! I'm such a fan of you family trees and have never gotten around to trying to make one. I wish I knew more about my granpa's family on my dad's side. I'm doing a book for my mom's parents and I am finding out a lot about them and their history. My dad's dad has already passed away, it bums me out that I can't ever ask him these questions now.

  14. Karen says:

    I wish I knew more about my maternal grandmother. She died when my mother was three. There isn't much information about her. 😦

  15. AlohaAroha says:

    1) I love your scrapbook layouts! They are so lovely and simple, but still interesting! Do I feel another bout of scrapping coming on…maybe! 2) I love your giveaway! It would look fab on my wall! I've got lots of interesting ancestors, but I would like to know more about my great, great, great grandmother on my maternal side. I have one photograph of her taken in the 1860s, and she is stunningly beautiful. We are pretty sure her parents ran a station on the Underground Railroad, and when she grew up she was a missionary on an Indian Reservation in the Dakotas (I think, sometimes I mix up the family stories). She must have had a very intersting life, and I would love to have her version of it.

  16. Jo says:

    Oh how I love this giveaway!!! I saw you post these on 2Peas and immediately fell in love with them. I'm thinking they'd be great Christmas gifts.I would have loved to have known more about my grandma. She died last April and I knew her my whole life but at the family visitation night her best friend started telling me stories of their years as friends and I realized it didn't really know my grandmother at all. She was spunky and funny and glamorous…my grandma was glamorous! How could I have missed that? Anyway, I wish I could ask her about her life…not just the parts that included me.Thanks for the giveaway. Truly beautiful work.Johannajoinutah@gmail.com

  17. wholarmor says:

    Very cool! I wish I knew more of my dad and his side of the family and how he grew up. I'm trying to get him to write his life story down, and I'm planning on talking to my grandma and doing a little interview with her, and maybe my aunt.Kriswholarmor@yahoo.com

  18. careyayn22 says:

    Those family trees are adorable!I wish I knew my great grandparents on my dad's side. He didn't know them either. They died in a car accident when my grandma was still a teen. They immigrated to the U.S from Poland…their names were Adam and Cezaria.My grandpa died when I was 18. I wish I got to know more about him as an adult. He was a pro photog, so I would love to pick his brain now.Carey Ayn from 2peas

  19. That is cool! Except, I have no idea who my ancestors are! They're all Greek, so I'm sure their names are approximatly 452 letters long and end with "…polous" or something similar.

  20. My great grandmother passed away when I was a little girl and I don't even remember her. The stories about her make me really wish I knew more about her. This is a really cool giveaway!!!

  21. Whitney says:

    I wish I knew more about any of my great grandparents. I absolutely love the family tree. Such a neat idea!

  22. Christina says:

    I love your family tree. I would love it even more if it was my family tree.My Grandmother emigrated in the 1920's. I wish I knew more about what happened to her relatives who stayed in Germany. I wonder how many survived WWII and the aftermath and what it was like for the survivors living behind the iron curtain.

  23. Courtney says:

    That tree is really cool. The person in my family who I wish I knew more about would be my great great maternal grandmother. I have read a couple of life histories about her and she just seemed so head strong! I would have loved to know her.

  24. ~B says:

    How beautiful!My grandfather passed away two summers ago. I think about him every day! I inherited the fruits of his labor regarding genealogy. I would love to do this as a gift for my father. He was an only child. I know he misses GrandDaddy a lot, too.

  25. sadie607 says:

    I wish I knew more about my ancestors in Norway (I still have relatives over there). I'm half norwegian and my entire life I have been fascinated with everything about Norway. Unfortunately this same love of genealogy is not shared with my family and getting/preserving memories isn't easy.

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