Introducing: My Family History!

The 89th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy asks us to compose a poem that tells of our family history. It can rhyme, not rhyme, be funny, serious, illustrated or not. It is however suppose to be appropriate as an introduction for a book or a video.

There have been some significant changes in the Carnival of Genealogy and the entries accepted. Because there are so many genealogy blogs now, Jasia has limited the number of articles she will print to each edition of the COG. She has also would like to keep the COG "upscale." There are over 800 blogs and I can totally understand her decisions. I had fun writing this little ditty. I will enter it, and see what happens. Even if it doesn't make it into the the COG, I am able to share it with you here. Hope you enjoy!

Introducing: My Family History

If I may, let me introduce to you

A bit of history and genealogy too.

This book will explain what I have learned

and why my passion continues to burn.

From Norwegian descent I mainly derive

I have been studying how I came alive.

Blom, Westby, Jonsen and Johansen too

Are a few of the surnames that brought me to you.

Trysil, Lier, Kragaro and more

A few places in Norway I have explored.

Nordic heritage, language and religion

Have all been a part of this, my mission.

Stemming both from rich and poor

My ancestors seemed to really want more.

They came to America with the big dream

Of living their lives in a land supreme.

Settling in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and all

These families grew as some were to recall.

Norwegian language stayed with my grandparents

Descendants there after... it wasn't apparent.

The documents I've uncovered, pictures too

Will be shared with everyone of you.

There are some surprises both happy and sad

If you don't read this, you'll wish you had!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


  1. What a talent you have. And, it all made perfect sense. Very nice.
    Glad to have you back.

  2. Well done. It would make a fitting introduction to a family history. I hope you get to use it.

  3. Love it! I can appreciate poetry, but I cannot produce any!

  4. Excellent. I really love that you included lines about language, because the retention and loss of the native language is such a fascinating part of the immigration experience. Bravo!

  5. Hi Cheryl! Very nice to read about your ancestors from Norway!...and to read your entire blog, it's very nice and pleasant!! My husband have also ancestors from Norway...Maybe you have some common ancestors .. who knows? Have a nice Day!

  6. Thank you Bill!

    Thank you Barbara, I am so glad it made sense! Whew!

    Janet, you never know, I may use it one day! Thank you!

    Heather, thank you. We all have some things we do better than other things. I think there are things I am much better at besides writing poems too.

    Thank you Greta, the language is part of my history. I am happy someone appreciated that I mentioned it.

    Yvonne, thank you! My grandfather was born in Sweden. I look forward to reading more of your blog too!

    Thank you all for leaving your comments! They are appreciated so very much! I love all of your blogs!!!

  7. Cheryl,
    Me thinks those ole Norwegians were talking to you as you wrote this poem. Very good.

  8. Great job, Cheryl! That would make a wonderful introduction to a book or a family reunion/gathering.

    This is my first visit to your blog, but it certainly won't be my last!

  9. Hi Sherry, thank you! Welcome to my blog! ;-)

  10. Hi Joan, maybe they were talking to me! That is cute! Thanks!


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