Still Looking for Rose

Ellen Sager

Give the gift that keeps on giving for centuries. 
In 1909, Rose wrote a postcard to Uncle William. Rose was in Seattle and said she was going to Santa Barbara in California to teach. It took a lot of work but I looked and looked and finally found that Rose married Homer Poore in California and had two boys. Both were deceased but both mothers-in-law were alive and each had three children. 
I have been in touch with four of these children and have met two of them. That is the great part of finding your relatives. So 100 years ago Rose went to the store; bought a postcard; wrote the message; went to the post office to mail it. It probably came by train and arrived at Uncle William’s farm in York County just north of Toronto.
So think about it. What would you like to know about your ancestors? Why did they come to Canada? Why did they move to different places? What were their occupations? What did they like to do? The list goes on. I would like to know what Uncle William (my great grandfather) was like. Why did his nieces and one grand-niece write him so many postcards? His grand-niece even made the postcard with a painting of flowers and sent it to him. 
There were no cars to just go for a drive to meet family. There were no telephones. The roads were usually made by the farmers so they could use their horses and carriages. I have lots of questions. Many answers are contained in obituaries. However, you have the opportunity to give something that will still be there for centuries. Don’t give a computer, iPhone, iPad, etc. Write something about yourself that you would like your grandchildren and great grandchildren to know about you. Then, do a hard copy. Anything you put on a computer or iPhone, etc will not be accessible even a few years from now. Give them stories and some significant pictures and keep a copy to put with your will. 
My grandfather was a lightkeeper in Scotland. He drowned when my mother was nine months old but his nephew lives in Australia. When I found Robert he wrote me letters of the family and many stories. He would write four or five pages telling me stories that were great to know. Being Scottish he left no margins. Every inch of the page was written on.
If you are interested in genealogy and searching for your “Rose” just leave your name at the Seniors’ Corner. We meet about once a month and will meet again in January. If you need some help and want to dictate it to someone you can stop by the Seniors’ Corner and I will help you with your story. 
Another way of recording information, perhaps from a loved one, is to use a recorder and then type it up. Also, we have a computer working and a printer so you can use them for your story. Just ask yourself, “What would my grandchildren want to know about me?” 
So give the gift that will survive for centuries. Seniors Corner phone 250-242-4422. Ellen’s phone: 250-242-5283; e-mail: