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My mom never talked much about family history. But driving my grandfather around the last 6+ months I’ve learned a ton that I didn’t know before.

  • Gramps’ mother’s family was Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints, but Gramps quit the church after his mom died. He was irritated that none of the church members his mother had loaned money to would repay. Gram also said he wasn’t too happy that the church changed it’s name a few years ago. Even so, he’s contacted one of the local churches because he wants to have one of their ministers conduct part of the service when he’s buried.
  • I’d thought he’d grown up in Ballard. He graduated from Ballard High School, but his family moved around a bit before that. Around 10, he was living off Delridge near where Chief Sealth High School is.
  • I’d thought his dad had grown up in Western Washington. His mom did, and his grandmother came to Western Washington in the late 1800s, but the Hathaways came here in the 20s from North Dakota.
  • My great grand-father wasn’t born Otto Hallin. His original name was Otto Omaan (sp?). He changed it after the Great War when he got his citizenship. Supposedly he knew a Hallin in the Army.
  • Two of Otto’s brothers returned to Sweden rather than serve in the Army during the Great War. Otto nearly disowned them. Gramps thinks this is why he changed his name.
  • My great grandmother’s maiden name was Nordwall (sp?). One of her brothers shortened it to Nord when he became a citizen.

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s what I remember of his family stories off the top of my head.

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gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: August 25th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
It's amazing what you often learn about your family history! I've had some similiar experiences.
machine_logic From: machine_logic Date: August 25th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was in high school I had a geneology project to work on. Learning the specifics of when my ancestors moved here and where they came from was interesting, but I wish I'd paid more attention to why. I have no idea who some of these people were, and now that my grandparents have all passed away I've got no elder brains to pick. Guess I'll have to start calling aunts and uncles.

Edited at 2009-08-25 03:15 am (UTC)
gkr From: gkr Date: August 25th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I've got some really good sources of genealogical information on several branches of my family. Particularly for the Hathaways, I've known names and dates a long time (or can look them up). But I don't have much in the way of stories.
machine_logic From: machine_logic Date: August 25th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I can dig up a plethora of info on the Carters, but my branch of the Carlson family tree is thin, and I don't know much about the Eversons, either. Come to think of it, I don't even know my Grandma Fran's maiden name.
a_muse_d From: a_muse_d Date: August 25th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
you're lucky. my grandparents are dead (my dad's dad might be alive but would be in Florida, last i heard), and my relatives are more or less scattered to the winds. namechanges abounded and were popular back in the day as much as they are now. it's harder to track.

if i could go back to when i was 6 or 7 and drill my grandparents for stories.. well, they'd spank me for being nosy, but that's not the point ;p
a_muse_d From: a_muse_d Date: August 26th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
off topic.. Borders needs a General Manager in Seattle.. thought you might be interested in looking at it, anyway.
gkr From: gkr Date: August 26th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can pretty much guarantee I'm not qualified for the job. (I get an error when following the link, so I can't tell.) I've seen what the B&N managers have to do and I don't have the experience to work as a manager in chain store systems.
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