Once again I went home for the weekend and once I again I’m neglecting my blog when I really shouldn’t be 🙂 So interesting weekend for me. Actually the most interesting part was at my grandfather’s birthday party. I found out a bunch of stuff about my ancestors. I have a great aunt and uncle who are at all the family functions and are not the type that you only see at weddings and funerals and don’t really know. Anyways I was talking with them about Belgium (a little aside, for those of you who don’t know my father’s side of the family came from Belgium, actually my father was born in Belgium and came over when he was around 1 year old so I’m half Belgian in blood). I found out that my great aunt, who is my real grandmother’s sister (another aside, my real grandmother died of cancer when my dad was in his early teens so I never actually knew her, I have a step-grandmother but she is the only grandmother I’ve known so I don’t think of her as a step-grandmother), has a book with the family tree from my great-grandmother back. I’m not sure how far back it goes but I am planning on visting to see it and possibly make a copy for myself.
Anyways some of the interesting stuff I learnt from the day:
– the great-aunt who I was talking was a midwife in Belgium and the last child she delivered was my dad (he was born in an apartment in a town called Jabbake)
– my great-grandfather was involved in both World War 1 and World War 2. In the first one I believe he was a solider and in the second one he worked for the Red Cross
– a relative of mine married someone named Storme, which I initally thought might be Scandinavian but with some research found out it was English (which is alright but not as cool as Scandinavian) 🙂
These were the more interesting points from the conversation. I’m sure there are more stories and I hope to hear them when I visit with them next.