Friday, December 28, 2018

Friday’s Faces from the Past: Remembering Johanne Laneville - Correction


A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about the passing of an old family friend, Johanne Laneville. After reading her obituary today, I realized that my post contained a couple of errors, so I’m posting the corrections here. First, Johanne’s name is spelled Johann in her obituary, and second, she was the mother of three, not two, children. My apologies to her family and my readers.

Maurice and Johanne Laneville

A family friend passed away two days ago on Boxing Day, December 26th.

Her name was Johanne (Lavictoire) Laneville, and she was the wife of Maurice and the mother of two children.

I remember Johanne as a lively, happy and fun person. She always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye.

Her husband Maurice was a cousin of my late uncle Adrien Laneville, who married my Dad’s sister Joan.

Johanne and Maurice were part of my parents’ circle of friends in our home town of Timmins, Ontario.

Although we lost touch with Johanne and her family after we moved to British Columbia almost 40 years ago, I still have fond memories of visiting her home when I was young.

The above photo of Johanne and Maurice was taken at our house at Christmas about 1961.

Rest in peace, Johanne.

Copyright © 2018, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Christmas tree 2018


From my family to yours:

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Copyright © 2018, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Santa Claus Memories

Randy at Genea-Musings issued his weekly Saturday challenge to his readers.

Tonight it’s “Your Santa Claus Memories” in which we answer four questions and then share our answers in a blog post, a comment, or at Facebook.

Randy’s questions:

a) Did you ever send a letter to Santa Claus?
b) Did you ever visit Santa and "make a list?"
c) Do you still believe in Santa Claus?
d) When did you find out "the truth" about Santa Claus?

Here are my answers:

a) Did you ever send a letter to Santa Claus?
I’m pretty sure I sent Santa one or two letters as a child, because I can still see myself addressing the envelopes. That’s about all the memory I have, though.

b) Did you ever visit Santa and "make a list?"
There were a couple of department stores in town, but I don’t recall if either one had a Santa. I did see Santa at some sponsored Christmas parties. Here’s a picture of me when I was 5 years old sitting on the old man’s lap. I’m pretty sure I didn’t believe he was the real Santa, but since I got a present from him, I didn’t question him too much.

Yvonne with Santa Claus

The following year at the next party, I tried to tug at his beard, because I still wasn’t convinced that he was the real Santa.

c) Do you still believe in Santa Claus?
I loved Christmas as a child and later as an adult when my son Nicholas was young. I believe in the magic of Santa Claus and all the fun of Christmas, like Réveillon, Midnight Mass, family, relatives and friends.

d) When did you find out "the truth" about Santa Claus?
I was about 10 or 11 when a friend told me she didn’t believe in Santa Claus and that she knew he didn’t exist. I was crushed to hear her say that with such conviction and went home to cry and tell my mother.

Copyright © 2018, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make a Surname Christmas Tree

Randy at Genea-Musings issued his weekly Saturday challenge to his readers.

This time it’s “Make your Surname Christmas Tree using your ancestral surnames - there's no limit on the number of surnames - and decorate your tree as you wish.” Then, “Show us your Surname Christmas Tree and tell us how you made it in a blog post of your own, in a Facebook post. Please leave a comment here so we can all see your creation.”

Surname Christmas Tree

Here is how I did my surname tree:

1. I opened a Microsoft Word document and added my family surnames from the first generation (me) through the sixth generation (my 3x great-grandparents). I tried a fancy tree shape like Randy’s tree, but couldn’t make it work, so, instead, I used a basic tree shape.

2. Like Randy, I chose green for the surnames in the tree and brown for the surnames in the trunk.

3. I added Christmas clip art images found in Word.

4. I used the Snipping Tool to copy the completed tree and saved it as a JPG.

5. I opened the JPG in Picasa 3, where I cropped it.

6. I exported the cropped image to my blog folder.

7. I went back to my blog Word doc, found the image in the blog folder, and then imported it to my doc.

8. I added this list of instructions and finished my blog post. It took about two hours to make my Christmas surname tree.

Thanks for another fun challenge, Randy!

Copyright © 2018, Yvonne Demoskoff.