What’s Next?

I’ve come to the point where I’ve blogged about all my direct ancestors for whom I have solid (and sometimes semi-solid) information, including quite a few collateral relatives. Right now, I feel the need to slow down a bit on the blogging. If I have more time for research, I’m sure I will come up with material for future stories.

In fact, one of my ideas is “u-turn” posts where I would return to discuss new discoveries (already there have been a few). I may also share some cool things learned during #genchat. Maybe I can get some inspiration from various blog prompts, too. These are just a few ideas.

Bottom line, I’m not going anywhere, just slowing down a bit. Stay tuned!

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Holiday Break

Yes, I’m breaking a little earlier than usual; but who knows? I could be back earlier than usual!

Despite the longer holiday season, my schedule seems to be more packed than ever. However, I still enjoy it, especially since I take care to focus on the things that are most important to me.

One of my favorite activities before Christmas is attending Norwalk High School’s “Candlelight” concert. This is a tradition for the high school for over 75 years – since the mid-1930’s. There were only a couple of times during World War II that Candlelight was not held. Since then, it has been going strong.

Candlelight concert program.  Author's collection.

Candlelight concert program. Author’s collection.

Over the years, hundreds of students in the music department have performed instrumental and vocal music, along with humorous skits and sometimes even dancing. The music ranges from secular to sacred and spans the common December holidays. What I particularly love, however, is the quality of performance every year, and the spirit of the season that the concert embodies.

Does your community have any unique holiday traditions?

A Break to Deck the Halls

Once again, it’s the holiday season, and once again I will be taking a break from blogging. This time of year, I focus on making family history rather than writing about it.

My biggest tradition is baking fifteen different types of cookies for gifts and for Christmas gatherings. The past few years, my adult son has assisted me, which he probably will continue to do.

Part of my baking tradition includes Gingerbread Night, which involves having some friends over to help me decorate the Gingerbread Men. I’m just not creative enough to decorate all those men!

So I hope everyone enjoys their own family time, regardless of which holiday you celebrate. See you in 2016!

Last year's cookies!

Last year’s cookies!

Holiday Hiatus

Greetings, readers!  Things have been super busy as my household gears up for Christmas.  I haven’t had any time to write blog posts at all, but that will change after the holidays.

Meanwhile, enjoy making memories with your families. Create your next family story!

imageMerry Christmas!

By Way of Introduction

Welcome to Beautiful Water Genealogy. My name is Christine McCloud. I’ve lived my whole life in New England, but have found that my ancestors also go back through New York, Quebec and Nova Scotia on this side of the Atlantic. Across the pond, my family is from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Poland and Lithuania.

Through this blog, I hope to shed some light on my ancestors’ stories. I’ve had some requests from family and friends about what I’ve learned. Some stories were easy to find, and some were broken into little puzzle pieces, waiting to be put together. I’m finding that tracing my family tree is definitely a work in progress!

I’d also like to use this blog as a way to communicate some local history as I come across it. Even though no one from my family history is from this area, I love to find out interesting tidbits about my hometown. So if you have Norwalk, CT area ancestry, perhaps you can learn something here.

Finally, I’ll occasionally share bits and pieces of genealogy news that I find interesting, as well as my humble opinion.

Thank you for stopping by and hopping aboard as we set sail across the waters of genealogy! (See what I did there? 🙂 )

author's collection

author’s collection