You all know I’ve been working on my big cross stitch piece Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs. The piece is designed to record family that is important to you. Well, that has prompted me to do a little more research and looking up to find the information that I need.
I had a good idea of what mine is. My husband Kramer, I know little about. His family didn’t really talk a lot about ancestry stuff and now that he’s gone, my best resource to know more is gone too.
Olivia from Pumpkin Hollow Quilts is a Flosstuber and she was the one that I first saw stitch Anniversaries of the Heart. She didn’t record birthdays as some people do. She recorded marriages and relationships instead. I liked that idea.
Here is my January block. That one is dedicated to our son Karl.
I’ve now finished my February block. This one is dedicated to my Johnson grandparents. My Grandpa was Iver. My Grandma Elsa. They have five kids- Harold, Esther, Agnes, my day Carl and Bert. If you look at my stitching you’ll see that I put their initials in the block. My Dad often went by “C.I.” so I put C.I. in red for my Dad.
I really have been loving this.
I’m working on the next bonus block now…See?
When I was stitching I didn’t know the year my grandparents got married so I called my sister and talked with her about that along with getting a little more information about my Mom’s family.
About then I remembered that Olivia at Pumpkin Hollow quilts mentioned that she used a website called Family Search to get more information about her and her husband’s family. She said the site was a free site so I decided to look into it and give it a try.
In the past, I’ve been told that my Johnson Grandparents both came from Sweden in the early 1900s to the United States. It’s kind of a fun story. My Grandpa Iver came with his brother Axel. My Grandma Elsa, who was not married to my Grandpa at the time, came separately with her sister Anna and their brother Nels. After they did their required naturalization, my Grandpa Iver married my Grandma Elsa. The fun part is that Grandma’s sister Anna married Grandpa’s brother Axel.
Anyway, all my life I’ve been told I was half Swedish as both of my grandparents came from Sweden. As I was going through Family Search I noticed that some of the documents came from Finland and some of the families were from Finland. Hmm. The documents were there and I believed that but it was something I really hadn’t heard before.
A week or so later, I got an email. With my cancer, I had to do a DNA thing to help differentiate my cancer. Part of the results came back. The “health” category that my doctors need hasn’t come back yet but this part did…From the looks of it, I am 100% European. I figured that..but you never know.
I looked it up and Sweden fits into the Northwestern European category. But look…Apparently, Finnish is much more prevalent than I thought.
In the study, I also found that:
I don’t process caffeine the best- TRUE
I likely want to eat more sugar than most- YEP
I don’t get flush cheeks from drinking alcohol- TRUE
It says I likely have a Cilantro Aversion. Not really. I like some. Not a ton.
There is more…
I have wet ear wax. For real, how can they know that??
One thing they got completely wrong. NO CURLY HAIR ON THIS HEAD!!
I found it all interesting.
As interesting as it was…I really do want to see the health side of the test. I was told that there is a delay because of Covid and labs are testing for Covid vs doing the DNA testing that needs to be done. I understand but I hope that my results are back by the time my doctor needs them. I started the testing back in November.
The stitching and ancestry stuff has left me wanting more than ever to stitch things that are meaningful to me. I found this chart. It’s called “We Live in Hope” by Blackbird Designs.
I would LOVE to stitch for my Johnson Grandparents the came to the US in the early 1900s. I am going to put this chart on my wish list. I think it will be my new start for next year once I’m done stitching my Anniversaries of the Heart.
I like the idea of the ship and a house. I’ll change where it says Chesapeake Bay and put in where my grandparents landed. I’ll put the dates and their names in the sampler somewhere along with the years they came.
Hmm. That has me thinking. Maybe I could put Kramer’s grandparents who immigrated too. Well, it looks like I have more research and planning to do.