Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy 101 Award Received

Simultaneously (within 7 minutes per Blogger), both Cheryl at Heritage Happens and Dorene at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay honored me with the Happy 101 award. I thank each of them for the honor - but I am only going to provide one set of responses, thank you very much!

The responsibilities that go with this award are as follows. I am first to list 10 things that make me happy (not in any particular order):

1. Being with my wife, Nancy, for over 50 years and counting...
2. Spending time with my grandson, Alex, 5, and granddaughter, Kaylee, 2.
3. Spending time with daughters Annette, Allison, and Arrion, and their families.
4. Having the continuing opportunity to get to know better "those who came before me" - both those I was privileged to know personally, such as parents and maternal grandparents, and those I did not, paternal grandparents, for example.
5. The relatively new opportunity to meet, virtually, my many new friends in the genealogy blogosphere,
6. The opportunity, over the years, to meet and work with many, many employees and volunteers in libraries, county courthouse, historical and genealogical societies, FHCs, etc., in counties and states around the nation, as my wife and I have sought those elusive "ancestor stories" and detailed records and artifacts.
7. The opportunity to obtain a fine set of educational and degree experiences at several fine educational institutions over the years and across the country.
8. Having a fine extended family and many friends; with whom I can now maintain contact via Facebook and the Internet, that was only possible through travel, reunions and annual letters in the past.
9. Living in a country where we can disagree without being disagreeable.
10. Living in a country were my faith, beliefs and convictions are respected and protected by open-minded family, friends and neighbors.

Then, I am to choose 10 other bloggers to pass this award to, yes 10.
For this I will choose:

1. Random Notes

2. Campo Santo-holy ground

3. Documenting the Details

4. Susi's Chatty Performances on Genealogy

5. Kick-Ass Genealogy

6. Detour Through History

7. Portals to the Past

8. Tracing My Roots

9. Circlemending

10. Life From the Roots

Thank you, each, again!

Families are Forever! ;-)


  1. That is awesome that you and your wife are fifty years "and counting"!!

  2. Thanks for thinking of me for the award!!!

  3. Thanks for passing it on to me ... I appreciate it & now I get to reflect on my life, too ... we need to all do that from time to time.
    Enjoyed reading your happy life elements.

  4. Mercy, I just awarded you the same award.
    You have a lot to be happy about. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks Dr. Bill for honoring my "Detour Through History" blog with the Happy 101 award.


  6. Thanks for including my blog. I'm very new to genealogy blogging but you have made me feel very welcome to the community. Now I'm off to work on my lists.

  7. Hi Dr. Bill, Thank you so much for selecting me to receive the Happy 101 Award. In my November 30th post, "Looking Back" I declined a number of awards, and have decided to continue in that vein. I am honored, but don't wish to participate. I have never done any writing, and I am absolutely thrilled that you enjoy what I write. Thank you.

  8. Also, Congratulations on your Award. I can't believe I haven't been following you here, what was I thinking...but really, I so enjoy your other site, so now two for the price of one!

  9. I love reading posts about these awards - lets me visit blogs that I've never seen. Thanks for sharing a great list! I found 3 that I'd not visited.