Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Carnival's In Town


Smile For The Camera ~ A Carnival of Images

This was a "Joy To The World" sort of Carnival. One of the most thoughtful, kind, and generous Carnivals yet. Each of the participants thought long and hard about what they would share and who they would share it with. Their choices were what you would expect from this great group of GeneaBloggers. I try not to comment on the submissions until the Carnival's In Town, to keep my impressions fresh, but it was so hard not to comment this time.

So, open the cover and browse the 8th Edition of Smile For The Camera's album of Stocking Stuffers and Enjoy This Holiday Season!

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There could not be a more perfect start to this carnival than the "Stocking Stuffer" photograph that Donna Wendt posted at Another Day With Donna. When she said, "I've put a stocking stuffer photo on my blog," Donna meant it! So we start the Album with a photograph you just must see! Smile, you're at the carnival.

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Lidian of The Virtual Dime Museum stuffed her stocking with a surprise for the footnoteMaven. Yes, the stocking is mine and the stuffer is the footnoteMaven's obsession, a cabinet card photograph of a young woman wearing glasses. Aunt Lizzie Has a Pensive Moment is an amazing photograph with a hint of a tint, and a costume to die for. Thank you Lidian, you really know the way to the footnoteMaven's heart.

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With Christmas Past, Midge Frazel of Granite In My Blood tells us, "This stocking stuffer is for my daughter, who now owns the stocking that used to be mine. She has hung it up this year to be ready for her own baby next year." I'm sure you're getting ready as well, Grandma.

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Ruth Stephens presents A stocking stuffer for Dave Thomas posted at Bluebonnet Country Genealogy. A situation incomprehensible for two boys so young, but this sad story has a happy ending. Dave Thomas would have been so proud.

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Apple tells us "My mother's poor health keeps her from attending many family functions. Through pictures she can attend in abstentia." Apple, the queen of the slide show, has given us a A Peak into Mom's Stocking posted at Apple's Tree. We won't spoil the surprise for your mother, Apple, but her children are the best.

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Kathy Brady-Blake will give someone a most wonderful gift (Genea-Bloggers are the Best!). She has Baby Raymond's Photos posted at Kathy's Genealogy Blog. Baby Raymond was a patient at Shriners Childrens Hospital in the 1940s and this is all the information Kathy has about him. She wants to put these photographs of Baby Raymond in the stocking of his family. Please visit Kathy's blog and help send Baby Raymond home for Christmas.
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Smile for the Camera, Grandpa! goes in the stocking of a man Stephanie Lincecum describes this way, "I appreciate the attentive ear, interest, and support he gives me whenever I tell a tale of my travels through time. I love you, Grandpa! Merry Christmas!" Read about this wonderful man and the gift he gave Stephanie at Southern Graves .

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First Becky Wiseman must find the stockings she intends to stuff, in Old Friends and Fond Memories, posted at kinexxions. Her friends are captured in a moment in time and then sadly they lose touch. Here's to old friends who are lost, if anyone can find them Becky can.

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Julie Cahill Tarr implores a member of her family to Let Bygones be Bygones and put family first posted at GenBlog. A very personal posting and a story all too familiar to many families. For Christmas, we all hope Julie gets to stuff her chosen stocking. Family is precious, time is fragile.

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Randy Seaver says, "This is the most memorable Christmas event that I remember - Davy Crockett coonskin cap and BB guns in 1954." He's so darn cute! Don't miss "The King Of The Wild Frontier" at Davy, Davy Crockett ... the memories posted at Genea-Musings. Fess Parker would be proud.

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Miriam Robbins Midkiff beats a drum for a good cause in this 1968 Christmas Card photograph posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. Miriam would like Her Genealogical Stocking Stuffer to show up in the Christmas stockings of her children; to show them she too once was a child (and an adorable one at that).

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A wonderful trip through Myrt's Thoughts on Christmas is a gift she has given to each of us, a stocking stuffer of our own in a way. I know from experience what a kind generous woman Pat is and how very lucky her family is to have her so close, even though all her Seattle friends miss her. Visit her life past and present posted at DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog. It may be a bit nippy out, but it's oh so warm at Myrt's.

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Aunt Donner, Donna Pointkouski of What's Past is Prologue, has a photograph of what must surely be one of Santa's little helpers resplendent in his ruby garland and fur trimmed red hat at My Stocking Stuffer. Donner has stuffed all our stockings with a smile. Stop by and get yours!

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Pam Taylor says her camera is an appendage, always at the ready. In a Christmas Stocking Stuffer posted at Taylorstales-Genealogy we see the first in a series of pictures where having a camera at the ready has captured or caused a son's signature look. Pam is stuffing his stocking with this wonderful memory. Perfect Pam!

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Judith Richards Schubert of Genealogy Traces tells us "My Stocking Stuffer would be Edna," a photograph of her grandmother placed in the stockings of each of her first cousins. But in Judy's story, if you listen, you will also hear what she would like in her own stocking. Judy, we wish it for you!

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Is an act punishable by eternal damnation analogous to slander; publish/commit and you are just as guilty? I pondered this question as I posted Sheri Fenley's submission "... The Stockings Were Hung By the Fire With Care" at The Educated Genealogist. And then I remembered my best defense, I'm Lutheran. Sheri you're on your own with this one.

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Jasia's Great Grandmother is the honoree of Stuffin' the Stockin' posted at Creative Gene. The charm of favorite photographs done as a digital scrapbook page as only Jasia can create them. Every carnival I think she just can't get any better, and with each carnival she proves me wrong. Read the note! Read the note!

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To the family of Miss Myrtle Klaseus Viscount, Sask. Canada, M. Diane Rogers of CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt,' would be very pleased to present the photographs posted at KLUCAS, KLASEUS, KLASUS - Viscount, Saskatchewan, Canada, to you this Christmas. Diane you are the best. I hope this brings someone Genea-Luck! Look at these photographs, help stuff this family's Christmas stocking.

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Thomas MacEntee presents Destination: Austin Family: A Family of 13 Stuffed In A Stocking posted at Destination: Austin Family. Thomas tells us, "I've always wanted to know more about my mother having grown up with 11 siblings. I'd gladly put this in my grandmother's stocking and hopefully hear her tell the tale of raising 12 children." We would all love to hear the tale.

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Bob Kramp presents The Father of Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer smiles for the Camera posted at Life's Journey. Bob says, "The Father of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Smiles for the Camera. Stuffed in the stocking of all old time musicians." Gimme that old time music. Yes, I know who he is? Visit Bob to find out. And we'll keep throwing out those challenges and carnivals to keep you inspired to write about your family history, Bob.

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Doreen Paul of the Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay stuffs her stocking with remembrances of Paul R. Orshoski, Sr. Who during this Christmas season is still missed by friends and family. Welcome to the Carnival, Doreen.

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Janet Iles presents Stocking Stuffer posted at Janet the researcher. "A photo of my maternal grandmother as a young woman will stuff my siblings' stockings," Janet tells us. But is it a photographic mystery? Perhaps. And Janet, you forgot to mention she's wearing my favorite fashion accessory, glasses!

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And closing the cover on this Smile Album is Fill In The Face posted at footnoteMaven. Would that I could make all our "Stocking Stuffer" wishes come true. A very Happy Holiday to you all, and as always, my GeneaFriends are here to Smile For The Camera!

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With apologies to Wendy Littrell of All My Branches Genealogy! The Carnival missed her, she didn't miss the Carnival. Wendy would like to stuff the stocking of a Goul relative with the photograph posted at What's In Your Christmas Stocking? in the hope of finding out more information about her grandfather's cousin and another Branch of "All My Branches!"

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Mea culpa Terry Thornton of Hill Country of Monroe County. A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. This was one not to be missed at A Picture For A Special Christmas Stocking.

Thank You All!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this fantastic 8th Edition of Smile For The Camera and welcome to all the first-time contributors. It is evident from each and every article that a great deal of time, effort, love, fun and good humor went into each photographic contribution. As Randy would say, please take a moment to stop and comment and show your appreciation!

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Now The Call For Submissions!


Smile For The Camera
10 January 2009

The word prompt for the 9th Edition of Smile For The Camera is Who Are You - I Really Want To Know? Show us that picture that you found with your family collection or purchased, but have no idea who they might be.

Someone took the time to be photographed, someone took the time to send it to a loved one, someone didn't take the time to identify the photograph. And you really want to know who they are. Bring it to the carnival. Share! Maybe one of our readers can help. Admission is free with every photograph!

Your submission may include as many or as few words as you feel are necessary to describe your treasured photograph. Those words may be in the form of an expressive comment, a quote, a journal entry, a poem (your own or a favorite), a scrapbook page, or a heartfelt article. The choice is yours!

Deadline for submission is midnight (PT)
10 January, 2009


There are two options:

1. Send an email to the host, footnoteMaven. Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, your name, and the name of your blog. Put 'Smile For The Camera' clearly in the title of your email!

2. Use the handy submission form provided by Blog Carnival, or select the Bumper Sticker in the upper right hand corner.

See you at the Carnival!


Blogger wendy said...

Guess blogcarnival didn't like my submission - I thought I entered it! So better late than never - mine is at URL:
"What's In Your Christmas Stocking?" - I'd like to stuff the stocking of any of my Goul cousins in hopes they can tell me more about this woman!

December 15, 2008 at 4:32 AM  
Blogger Terry Thornton said...

Oppppppps! My entry didn't make it either. Here is link:

Enjoyed all the stocking stuffers.

Terry Thornton

December 15, 2008 at 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great fun posting a "stocking stuffer" photograph at my blog and reading all the other entries here. Thanks for your work and have a Merry Christmas with lots of stuffed stockings! Aloha, Donna Hague Wendt

December 15, 2008 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Aloha and Merry Christmas!

Thank you for "making" this carnival with your great photograph.


December 15, 2008 at 8:13 PM  

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