Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A Birthday Book - Day 14 - 21 Day Family Connections Experiment

Today is Day 14 of my 21 Day Family Connections Experiment.


Today I'm looking at our Irwin-Carmichael Birthday Book. 


This Birth-Day Forget-me-not book is what I consider a real Family Treasure. It was given to my maternal great grandmother, Janet Carmichael, in 1881 before she and her husband William Irwin, and their little daughter, 'Minnie', left Islay, Fenelon Township, Victoria County, Ontario, Canada to live in the Northwest (Newdale, Manitoba). Family and friends signed their names on their birthday pages. Some of those people Janet never saw again, but a few later joined the migration to Manitoba or moved or retired to the Coast (Vancouver, British Columbia). 

She kept up the book throughout her life, and my maternal grandmother, Janet's daughter, Amy Estella, inherited it. She kept it up, adding birthday dates and some of the marriages and deaths of friends and family. And clippings, mostly funeral notices. My brother and I were the last names Na entered. After that the book was put away. By that time, it was too fragile to be held. 

When I first became 'serious' about doing genealogy, Mum let me index all the names, dates and messages in the book. She kept a watchful eye while I transcribed everything written in the book and it gave us a chance to discuss what she knew about the people. 

William and Janet Irwin (née Carmichael) and baby Minnie - Mary Jane, born 1879.  Carte de visite, Scott and Andrus Artists and Photographers, Cor. Kent & Williams Sts, Lindsay, [James A. Scott and Mortimer I. Andrus, Ontario, Canada.]

The Preface to the Book, page 1-2




An example of a page: August 16 - Maud Oliver; Mrs. Tom McIntosh; 
August 17 - James Murchison; August 18 - James Carmichael.

If you see a name you think is 'yours', contact me and I will send you a scan of the page. 



BIRTHDAY PAGES
ROSE Alice M. 
CARMICHAEL Alexander
MURCHISON Janet
BROWN Mr. R
GILCHRIST Maggie
GRAHAM Alexander
MURCHISON John
BATES Edward
MACALLISTER John
SCOTT Samuel
GRAHAM Lindsay
GILCHRIST Lizzie
DOUBEK? Sadie
SCOTT Janet Muriel, Capt.
ROGERS George William, Major
WALLACE Walter O
CARMICHAEL Maggie
SCOTT Janet Muriel 
LAWRENCE Agnes (Mrs. A. J.)
IRWIN Esther
SCOTT Janet
GRAHAM Peter
MCTAVISH John Donald Charles
ROGERS George William
CARMICHAEL Margret
GILCHRIST John
GILCHRIST ?
SCOTT Hattie
IRWIN Etta S.
CAMPBELL Chas. G.
DRUMMOND Lawrence Steele
BRIMACOMBE Richard
IRWIN Doris Genevieve
CARMICHAEL J. A.
MCCALLUM C.W.
MCNABB Diana
CARMICHAEL Lila
CARMICHAEL Mary
MUIR Mary
IRWIN C.E.
CAMPBELL H. S. 
SMITH Gregory Alan
MCNABB Annie
ZURCHOW Elsei Louise
IRWIN Janet
BRIDE Ronald Wayne
MCNABB Colin
IRWIN Geraldine Clarica
DRUMMOND William Ernest
KINGDON Leslie Gayle
IRWIN Margaret (Margret)
CONKEY Mary Ann
[IRWIN] Minnie
CARMICHAEL Dannie
GRAYSTON Mary A 
TRIPP Margaret M
CARMICHAEL Johnny
BROWN F. R. 
SCOTT Mamie Stella
IRWIN Maggie J.
IRWIN William Howard
DRUMMOND Donald A.
BRIDE Sally Ann
GREEN Robt L?
[IRWIN] Willie James
IRWIN John
PACE Jean Bates
CONGDON Margaret Isabelle
GILCHRIST Lizzie
YOUNG Maggie
YOUNG Janet
BATES Kenneth
IRWIN Patricia Jean
MCLEAN Maggie
IRWIN William Howard
PARNELL Robert
BROWN Wm. 
KAATZ Wendy
BROWN Edgar
MURCHISON Christina
CARMICHAEL Duncan
IRWIN Nellie G.
GRAHAM Duncan
GRAHAM Jennie
IRWIN Beverley Grace
MARK John
IRWIN Wm. M. 
IRWIN William James
MCDOUGALL Flora
DRUMMOND Allan Scott
MCTAVISH Myrtle
HARPER Mamie Stella
SCOTT Samuel Bates
ASSELSTINE Matthew W.
IRWIN M.A.A.
DRUMMOND A.S.
COUTTS A.B.
GOWENLOCK R.
IRWIN Janet Grace
BURLINGTON J.C. Mrs.
BROWN Joseph F?
IRWIN Willie H. 
CONGDON Robert Edward
PACE PHILIP E.
MCTAVISH Aileen
IRWIN Frances M.
PACE John L. 
SCOTT J. Walter
PATTISON Eva
LAVERY Mr. & Mrs.
ELLIS?  George
CAMPBELL Nettie
IRWIN Jacqueline Louise
BROWN Eliza? Mrs. 
ZURCHER Edward Wallace
GREEN Bella M. 
CONGDON William Lawrence
CONGDON Sadie Hunter
CASSADY Mrs. John
DRUMMOND Lizzie
BROWN Thos. A.
CONGDON Ch
PATTISON Elizabeth
MURCHISON Mrs. Mary
WILSON Maggie J.
BATES Kenneth Scott
STEWART Mary
PARNELL Mary E.
SAUNDERSON Wallace
CARMICHEAL Daisy
BROWN Minnie Ellie
OLIVER Maud
MCINTOSH Mrs. Tom
MURCHISON James
CARMICHAEL James
KINGDON Margaret Ann
ROSE Ethel
LAVERY Agnes Mae
BRADLEY Annie
KAATZ Judith Vinetta
GILCHRIST Duncan
GILCHRIST James
CARMICHAEL Donald  
PATTISON George Henry
ROSE Kate
CONGDON Freddie
PARKER John J.
STORMS W. P.
IRWIN James
IRWIN Mrs. Mary J.
GRAHAM William
DRUMMOND Janet Mary
DRUMMOND Margaret Agnes
CARMICHAEL Jessie
CASSADY John
DRUMMOND Alex 
[IRWIN] Maggie Annie Alexina
[IRWIN] Baby
IRWIN Mary Jane
IRWIN William Charles
IRWIN Robert Charles
MURCHISON Annie
MCALLISTER Ann Jane
IRWIN Mary Jane
IRWIN James
ZURCHER John Donald Charles
MURCHISON Neil
MURCHISON William
IRWIN Robert Brian
MURCHISON Malcolm
SMITH Dean Alexander
MARK Maggie
MURCHISON Christie
IRWIN Clarence Campbell
IRWIN Amy E
SCOTT J. W.
SAUNDERSON Sadie
BATES Mary Lou
PARNELL Hannah``
IRWIN twins
IRWIN James Jr.
LAVERY Morris
ANDREW Agnes
ZURCHER Ronnie
ROSE Rachel
WALKEY Maude
IRWIN Amy Estella
MCGREGOR Lena
SCOTT Annie P.
ZURCHER Beatrice Bates
BATES Marshall E.
BATES Marshall  
IRWIN Maggie F?
MURCHISON Ella
LAND Emma
GRAHAM Margaret
ROGERS Diane
MCDOUGALL Maggie
RICHES Russell
MCTAVISH Robert Edward Douglas
IRWIN David
ROGERS David Scott
CLULOW Joseph   
PACE Donald Preston
GORDON Samuel S.
IRWIN Mrs. James Jr.
PACE John Edward
GILCHRIST Annie
CURRINS J. D. 
ROSE Margaret Edith


NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS (loose - in front of book)
CRAIK Mabel Henrietta 
KENNEDY Sarah  KENNEDY
COOPER Eileen Honorah WILLIAMSON?
SHEPPARD William A.
BENNETT Evangeline Bertha
CHANDLER Mrs. Dorothy
IRWIN Jacquline Louise
ALLEN Randall
DONALDSON Rev. David
MACCORKINDALE Alice S. GROSS?
MCDIARMID Lotty DOUGHTY
BENNETT Catherine
DAVIS Dorothy Marguerite
ORR Ella Maude GROPP?
STOCKDALE Catherine Mae GARRISON
MCGILL Margaret Helen
STEWART Muriel Scott STEWART


For more about the 21 Day Family Connections Experiment, see my first Experiment article here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Baby Advice - Day 13 - 21 Day Family Connections Experiment


Today is Day 13 of my 21 Day Family Connections Experiment with another look at some 'family treasures'.



I've been going through very old files in a filing cabinet, clearing out paperwork that's not needed now, as long as it's not interesting genealogically. Sometimes, as genealogists know, that's a hard call. 

This 6th Edition of Dr. Spock's Pocket Book of Baby and Child Care (6th Printing, December 1947) was on a bookshelf but when I came across baby advice folders in those files, I was reminded to pull it out too. As you can see, it was well-thumbed, first by my mother, and later by me. 

The advice sheets, and there were a bunch of them, as I remember, were given out to new mothers who attended 'Well Baby Clinics' in Greater Vancouver, and possibly distributed at doctors' offices and at classes for 'prospective mothers'. 

My mother gave them a stack of them so I'd be able to look after my dolls properly (and stay out of her hair). I do know that the dollies knew the rules instinctively. I remember my keeping to these schedules for their sleep, feeding and sun bathing, and don't remember any quibbles. 

Mum, my brother and me and my dolly, Bowen Island, 1950s. Mum seems to be pulling her hair out? I think she may be puzzling over how to fix a broken toy in her lap.


Many years later, she gave me "Dr Spock" too. By that time I had a very new baby and he had no idea about any rules! But I always thought the first page in the book was Dr Spock's best advice. And most of the book was very practical. (Although he rarely mentioned little girls.) I did read all the rest though. And if in doubt I could always ask mum :-)

"The Baby's Day - 5-6 months", Child Welfare Division, Metropolitan Health Committee, c. 1948. This Committee was organized in 1936 among the Greater Vancouver municipalities and school boards to more efficiently direct, organize and operate local health services under the control and supervision of a Senior Medical Health Officer. 



Dr. Spock's book, front and back covers, (1947 printing). First published May 1946 as The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care.

"Trust Yourself", page 3-4. His then often controversial advice. 
Pocket Book of Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock, M. D. (6th Printing, December 1947) 



For more about the 21 Day Family Connections Experiment, see my first Experiment article here.


REFERENCES

"Dr. Spock's Timeless Lessons" by Richard Gunderman, 6 September 2019, The Conversationhttps://theconversation.com/dr-spocks-timeless-lessons-in-parenting-122377

Administration of the Greater Vancouver Metropolitan Health Services by Stewart Murray [Senior Medical Health Officer, Metropolitan Health Committee], Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique, Vol. 43, No. 5 (MAY 1952), pp. 202-208.

Through the years with public health nursing: a history of public health nursing in the provincial government...British Columbia. by Monica M. Green, The Canadian Public Health Association, 1984. UBC Open Collections: https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/historyofnursinginpacificcanada/nursing/items/1.0211729#p3z-5r0f: 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Saggers Family Collection - Day 12 - 21 Day Family Connections Experiment


Today is Day 12 of my 21 Day Family Connections Experiment.


Since I mentioned my Stray Postcard and Photograph Collection yesterday, I thought I might say something about my Saggers Family Collection - and my Saggers Surname Study.

Sarah Frances Saggers was my paternal grandmother. I always knew a little about her family who had all come here to Vancouver from England. I think she coached my dad so he'd remember a few things! 

As far as my Saggers Family Collection goes, it's very small. I've written already about a few of Grandma Sarah's books that I have,  And in the 'Rogers' box dad gave me were some papers relating to her father's estate which Grandpa Joe Rogers (Sarah's husband) helped with. Inside the box was Grandma's photo album, and some loose photos. As well there were school photos and a few papers about my dad and his brother, David. 

Photographs above I believe were taken at Burton End, Stansted, Essex. The ones below say "Dad's Old Home", Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.

Last year, I rescanned the photo album and all of the photos in it. Many are of Saggers relations here in Vancouver. A few must have been sent from England, like the ones above which apparently show the family's last home at Burton End. And my Great Grandpa David Saggers 'old home' in Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire.  

At some points, Grandma organized most of the photographs onto pages. Many photos are glued down; some are held in with photo corners. On some pages she wrote a descriptive heading. Not always. And it does not appear she kept any of the letters I believe she received from England which may have explained some of the photos. Nor did she note any of her family members, except for one school photo. And a few people might be relatives from Grandpa's side of the family? (Rogers/White)

Unidentified; but I can see Grandpa Rogers there, and Grandma in the front row, I think. Possibly taken in Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. 

If anyone looks familiar, please do contact me. Last year, I put all these photos in a virtual album and I sent links to some relatives. If you'd like to see them too, let me know. 

I hope that all these stay in the family, but all the information on my Saggers families also is in my Saggers One-Name Study, along with data on all the other Saggers families I've researched up till now around the world. All this surname study information, I hope, will have another 'custodian' someday soon. But in any case, it will be preserved by the Guild of One-Name Studies as I am a member. The Saggers Surname Study is part of the Guild's Member Website Project, currently 300 strong! A photo of Grandma Sarah appeared in the latest Guild newsletter in an article about Guild members blogging and mentioned her Christmas cake recipe. 


For more about the 21 Day Family Connections Experiment, see my first Experiment article here.