Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: The Adobe Burros

"Petting the Adobe Burros," (Dana Adobe, Nipomo, San Luis Obispo Co., California). Digital Image. Photographed by Elizabeth O'Neal, December 14, 2008.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Dear Genea-Santa: Wishin' Impossible?

Dear Genea-Santa,

Every Christmas with my precious daughter and husband has been so special. Seeing Christmas again through the eyes of a child has served as a reminder that this season is about sharing love with the people who mean the most to us.

However, this year I've got a few extra requests for myself that I really hope you will be able to fulfill. I know it will be hard to find these things, but if anyone can do it, it's you, Genea-Santa!

1. Any information about Miles SWANAY (SWANEY).

Miles was my 4th-great grandfather, and I know very little about him. Where did he come from? Who were his parents? Did his family come from Scotland (specifically, Orkney)?

He was born abt. 1758 in Johnston, North Carolina, and was married to Jane JOHNSON. He probably died in Tennessee, but I don't know that for certain. He had at least five children, including my 3rd-great grandfather, Hiram SWANAY. As far as I know, no one on any branch of this family tree has been able to find this information, so whatever you can bring, Genea-Santa, would be a gift we all can share!

2. Information about Samuel Marion DUNN.

Samuel was my great-great grandfather. He was born abt. 1818 in Lincoln, North Carolina. He married Julia Ann BLANTON in 1839 in Rutherford, North Carolina. He and Julia had eleven children, including my great-grandfather John DUNN. Samuel died in 1871 in Hamblen Co., Tennessee, but I don't know where he is buried. I would love to know who his parents were and where his grave is located.

You'd think it would be easy to find information about a man with the middle name of Marion, but it just isn't.

3. My Great-Grandfather Frank SWANAY'S violin and banjo.

My grandfather tried to recover these items many years ago, but he was never able to do so. He always wanted me to have his father's violin, and he talked about it all the time. If you could find either or both of these items, it would mean a lot to me to know that my grandfather's wishes were finally fulfilled.

Thank you, Genea-Santa. I'll have milk and cookies waiting for you by the tree, provided that my husband, daughter and/or dog don't get to them first.


P.S. If you can't find any of these items, I would be thrilled to have my grandfather's typewriter show up under my tree!


Written for the 62nd Edition, Carnival of Genealogy: 3 Wishes!

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O'Neal

Friday, December 12, 2008

My Favorite Christmas Song

"Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert

When I was a young girl, I came into possession of a Christmas record (those old vinyl things) called "The Great Songs of Christmas, Album Three." On it was a recording of the most beautiful violin performance I had ever heard: Franz Schubert's Ave Maria, performed by virtuoso Isaac Stern.

Though not necessarily a Christmas carol, Schubert's Ave Maria is still my favorite. It makes me very emotional to hear it these days, as it was one of my mother's favorite songs.

I eventually taught myself to play this piece - by ear. It's a difficult arrangement, and I doubt that I gave it a very good treatment. But I was happy to finally be able to play it for my mother for Christmas.


Here are the lyrics, in Latin:

Ave Maria Gratia plena
Maria Gratia plena
Maria Gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum

Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tui Jesus

Ave Maria
Ave Maria Mater dei
Ora pro nobis pecatoribus
Ora, ora pro nobis
Ora ora pro nobis pecatoribus

Nunc et in hora mortis
In hora mortis, mortis nostrae
In hora mortis nostrae
Ave Maria!

English Translation:

Ave Maria! Ave Maria! maiden mild!
Listen to a maiden's prayer!
Thou canst hear though from the wild,
Thou canst save amid despair.
Safe may we sleep beneath thy care,
Though banish'd, outcast and reviled -
Maiden! hear a maiden's prayer;
Mother, hear a suppliant child!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! undefiled!
The flinty couch we now must share
Shall seem this down of eider piled,
If thy protection hover there.
The murky cavern's heavy air
Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled;
Then, Maiden! hear a maiden's prayer;
Mother, list a suppliant child!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! stainless styled!
Foul demons of the earth and air,
From this their wonted haunt exiled,
Shall flee before thy presence fair.
We bow us to our lot of care,
Beneath thy guidance reconciled;
Hear for a maid a maiden's prayer,
And for a father hear a child!
Ave Maria!

Here's the great Luciano Pavarotti singing the Latin version:

Finally, violinist Joshua Bell, whose version is very similar to the Isaac Stern rendition I loved as a child:

The Great Songs of Christmas By the Great Artists of Our Time, Album Three. LP Record. Columbia Special Products and Stanley Arnold & Assoc. with Norfolk Productions, Inc. 1965.

Written for footnoteMaven's Come Celebrate The Tradition of Blog Caroling.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O'Neal

Thursday, December 11, 2008

40 Things About Me Meme

Virginia Travis, who writes the Valleehill Genealogy Blog (among others), tagged me for the "40 Things About ME" Meme.

1. Do you like blue cheese?
Mmm... love it! Especially in salads!

2. Have you ever done something you regretted?
Well, sure, but everything happens for a reason, even the stupid stuff.

3. Do you own a gun?
Yes, and I'm an excellent shot.
(This information is for boys who may one day date my daughter)

4. What flavor of Kool Aid was your favorite?

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Depends on the doctor and what he/she is going to do to me.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
We eat the turkey variety sometimes, when my daughter is in the mood to eat something resembling a protein food.

7. Favorite Christmas movie?
A Christmas Story

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Coffee, usually Dunkin' Donuts' French Vanilla.

9. Can you do push ups?
I seriously doubt it.

10. Favorite hobby?
Genealogy and web design.

11. Do you have A.D.D.?
No, I have T.I.A. (Toddler-Induced Amnesia)

12. What's one trait you hate about yourself?
I over-commit myself and volunteer for everything. I'm just a girl who can't say "no."

13. Middle name? Marie

14. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
How many hours until I can go back to bed?
What did I do with my list?

15. Name 3 drinks you regularly have?
Diet Cherry Coke, water, pinot noir

16. Current hate right now?
The guy who lets his dog poop on our lawn.

17. Favorite place to be?
Snuggling with my daughter.

18. How did you bring in the New Year?
At my father's house.

19. A place would you like to go?
Ireland and Scotland.

20. Name three people who will complete this:
I think everyone has already done it.

21. Do you have slippers?
Yes, and I'm wearing them right now.

22. What shirt are you wearing?
A pink nightshirt with pink moose on it.

23. Do you like sleeping on satin?
No, but I like Egyptian cotton (hint to Santa).

24. Can you whistle? Sort of.

25. Would you be a pirate?
Not if I have to wear a wench dress again. (Don't ask.)

26. What songs do you sing in the shower?
"Since I Fell For You"

27. Favorite girl's name(s)?
Well, that would be my daughter's name, of course.

28. What's in your pocket right now?
Dirty Kleenexes.

29. Last thing that made you laugh?
My daughter, decorating the Christmas tree with the TV remote.

30. Favorite bed sheets as a child?
The ones with the big music notes on them.

31. Worst injury ever?
Ankle broken in 4 places and dislocated. Required surgery.

32. Do you like where you live?
Yes, and I hope we don't have to move.

33. How many TVs do you have in your house?
Two in the house, and I think a couple more in the garage.

34. Who is your loudest friend?
Ummm... decline to state.

35. How many dogs do you have?
One. He's all I can handle.

36. Does someone have a crush on you?
Hopefully my husband still does.

37. What is your favorite book?
I can't think of one right now. I don't get a chance to read very often anymore.

38. What is your favorite candy?
Anything chocolate.

39. Favorite Sports Team?
San Diego Chargers. Go Bolts!

40. What song do you want played at your funeral?
"Over the Rainbow."

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O'Neal

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: All I Want for Christmas... a car!

"Racer Girl," (Lompoc, Santa Barbara Co., California). Digital Image. Photographed by Elizabeth O'Neal, December 8, 2008.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Central Coast Lineage Groups Calendar: December 2008

Tuesday, December 4
Mitz-Kahn-a-Khan Chapter DAR
Ventura 11:00 AM
Christmas Party & “Today’s DAR” DVD

Thursday, December 11
Mission Canyon Chapter DAR
Santa Barbara
12:00 Noon
Holiday Celebration

Friday, December 12
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22
Santa Barbara

Saturday, December 13
Captain Henry Sweetser Chapter DAR
Santa Maria
1:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Chapter Tea & Gift Exchange
RSVP Required

Sunday, December 14
Stephen Eastin Society C.A.R.
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Meeting & Trip to Dana Adobe

Saturday, December 20
Central Coast Chapter SAR
San Luis Obispo
12:00 Noon

NO Meetings in December:
El Paso de Robles Chapter DAR
Rancho Purisima Chapter DAR
Santa Barbara Chapter SAR

C.A.R. = Children of the American Revolution
DAR = Daughters of the American Revolution
SAR = Sons of the American Revolution

If you would like to have your group's information included in this calendar, please contact me. Thanks!

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O'Neal

Monday, December 1, 2008

Central Coast Genealogy Calendar: December 2008

Thursday, December 4
Monterey County Genealogical Society
7:00 PM
Annual MoCoGenSo and Family History Center Christmas Party Potluck

Tuesday, December 9
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Computer Interest Group Meeting

Tuesday, December 16
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
6:00 - 8:45 PM - General Meeting
Christmas Potluck, Silent Auction, Installation of New Board of Directors

Saturday, December 20
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
10:30 AM
Annual Holiday “Member Share”

Saturday, December 20
Ventura County Genealogical Society
1:00 – 4:00 PM

NO MEETING in December:
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society

Please send me an email if you would like to have your event included in this monthly calendar.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O'Neal