Challenge #21 – Where We Come From

I’m is Swedish, Lithuanian, Irish, German/Polish and French/Canadian. My dad has been researching our family history and it has been so interesting to see things like the the Ellis Island records of my namesake great-grandmother’s arrival from Lithuania.

My Great Grandmother 1916
My great-grandmother Katherine with my grandmother in the carriage.

Or hear stories of covered wagons, one-room school houses and growing up Swedish in Minnesota.

My Grandmother 1926-27
My grandmother when she taught in a one room school house in Dentaybow, MN at 19.

As I am heading to Sweden in a couple of weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about family history. To that end, this week’s challenge is to create something based on your family’s heritage.

Here’s some project ideas based on my heritage…
lithuanian mittens # 2 thumb up
Beautiful Lithuanian knits from Flickr user reeniebeanie
Gnome Christmas Ornament
Swedish Tomte ornament made by me
An embroidered celtic knot from Instructables.
I can’t wait to see how your heritage influences all of you!

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6 Comments to Challenge #21 – Where We Come From
    • Lori
    • Dentaybow – wow, I was just googling that place because I was doing some family history research myself (for my son's school project) and found out from my dad that my Grandma was born in Dentaybow. I wonder if she went to school where your Grandma was a teacher? So sad that she's no long with us to ask about it…

    • Steve
    • I'm Lori's Dad. Your Grandmother probably knew Kathrine and Jack Densmore as 7th or 8th graders, and my Mom, Lorna Densmore, as a first grader. Uncle Jack showed us where the school was, but the building is gone. Jack is still alive.

    • kat
    • Steve & Lori – Believe it or not my Grandmother hand wrote a "newspaper" with the state exam results & Jack and Katherine are mentioned all through it. She even says as a results of the exams Jack is no longer attending school. If you would like a copy please email me at theironcraft (at) yahoo (dot) com

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