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                 September, 2008

      Charles Hansen, Editor

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  Carnival of Genealogy
— Charles Hansen

        The 54th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy was just finished and posted (click here), so what is the Carnival of Genealogy? It is a group of genealogy bloggers writing stories of their ancestors with a common theme, I won't go into all the previous themes but the 55th edition will be show and tell. Here is the call for all bloggers to do a show and tell on their blog.

        Jasia will be hosting the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy on the Creative Gene blog. Here is her call for submissions:  With Labor Day and the end of summer right around the corner it is time to think about going back to school. So, the topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be:  Show and Tell! Remember that fun little exercise you used to do in your grade school days? Here is your chance to do it again. Show us and tell us about an heirloom, a special photo, a valuable document, or a significant person that is a very special part of your family history. Don't be shy now, show us what you've got! This is all about bragging rights so don't hesitate to make the rest of us green with envy! This is your chance to brag, brag, brag, without seeming like a braggart (you can't be a braggart when you are merely following directions ;-), so show and tell!

        I don't ever remember Show and Tell at school but I do remember having to do a report each September on What I did last summer. Guess the large classes I was in in grade school made show and tell impossible. As a genealogist I have collected a lot of valuable documents, pictures I treasure, and some heirlooms. The most treasured as a genealogist was my grandpa Kelly's bible, but I have an even more treasured heirloom from grandpa Kelly. He was a switchman for the Great Northern Railroad, and a wood worker in his spare time. His father had been a carpenter, and his great grandfather was a pioneer and built his own house near Ursa, Illinois.

        I have the tool box full of wood working tools from my grandfather. It was one of three that my grandfather inherited from his father when his father died. My great grandfathers brother sold two of the tool boxes before my grandfather got to Missouri to attend his fathers funeral, but he did save one tool box. What was in the tool box? Saws, planes (many old wooden molding planes), squares, wrenches, screw drivers, chalk lines, taps and dies, hand drills and drills, chisels, files, rasps, and several types of axes. Most all the tools had a letter or two stamped on them somewhere. My grandfather Kelly just used a K, his father Robert Forsyth Kelly used RF, and a few just have a F for Robert Forsyth.

        My grandfather died just before I was six, so I don't remember him using the tools, but I like to do woodworking, but don't have a lot of time to do it anymore. I have used a lot of the tools and all are in good working order. I like watching the Woodrights Shop on PBS, as he uses tools like the ones in my tool box and I learn a lot from that show. The one thing I learned was about one of the axes in the tool box from the Woodright's show. The ax looks like an an old broad ax that they used in battles in Europe centuries ago, but with a short handle. They were made for squaring up round logs or limbs to make something from the wood. It has a handle slightly offset from the blade so you do not hurt your hand if the blade cuts clear through the edge of the log, but the one in the box was for a left handed person, my grandfather was left handed, so I though it was for him, but the Woodright said those axes were made for either left or right handers, just remove the handle and put it in from the opposite side it will then be for a right hander.

        I went to an antiques show a few years ago here at our fairgrounds and they had some old tools, but most were so rusty and in such bad shape they might never be used again, I am glad my tools are in good shape and still usable. Some were used to build the house in Ursa, Illinois for Robert Forsyth, and then many houses, barns etc near Trenton, Missouri before they came to Spokane for my grandfather to use.

        Do you have any heirlooms for Show and Tell? Post your show and tell on the Message Board.






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