Saturday, May 30, 2009
The American melting pot is made up of many nationalities ... blended at times into a homogeneous race of people. I can claim my Irish heritage and look at pictures on line of my grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins from the Emerald Isle. However, my tapestry is woven from all European stock from many countries. The traits of each forefather are evident in my likes, dislikes, mannerisms, skin color, hair color (gray that it be), eye color, and religion. Another thread has been found. This time from Denmark. Great Grandfather Charles Calundan was born in 1864 and was a master craftsman in woodworking. He built grand carved staircases and ornate wood carvings on buildings.. He married my grandmother, Laura in Nebraska. I have been to this area years ago and saw some of the buildings he worked on. His house was still standing at the time. Pieces are coming together; just tonight I spoke with my bio dad and he said a cousin of his is looking for information on this same grandfather. A jigsaw puzzle is about to be pieced together. Stay tuned.