The cooking was finished hours ago. The meal has been eaten. The family spent some time together talking and laughing and enjoying each others’ company. And now I have time to reflect on what I am truly thankful for.
First, I am thankful for my family–my loving husband, two beautiful daughters, two fantastic sons-in-law, and the cutest little granddaughter you have ever seen. I am also thankful that we are all in good health. Some of us have a few minor problems, but we are truly blessed with good health.
I am also thankful for my clients and all of the friends I have made through genealogy. I am thankful for the educational opportunities that have been presented to me, and for the support of many other genealogists and instructors. I am especially thankful for one dear friend who is always pushing me to be the best I can be. I can’t forget to be thankful for my husband (again), who does not understand but fully supports my genealogical pursuits.
But probably what I am most thankful for are my ancestors. The Roe family from Queen Anne’s County, and later Caroline County, Maryland. If Thomas Roe had not come to Maryland from England in the late 1600s, I may not be here today. The Wood family from both of those counties also, even though I have not yet determined the first immigrant. The Jump family, also from Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties. I believe the Jump family arrived in Accomack or Northampton County, Virginia, originally and made their way up to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Plummer family from (you guessed it) Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties, and who knows where they were before they arrived in Queen Anne’s. The Thawley family from Caroline County. The Morgan family from Caroline County. The Ireland family from Caroline County. I am also grateful to the Boglitsch family from Austria. If they had not immigrated around 1900 to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, would I have been born? My great-grandfather, Adolph Klingelhofer, came to America from Germany in the late 1800s. I am thankful for his decision to come to Baltimore, Maryland.
None of my ancestors was a famous person. None of them were rich in wealth. They were all hard-working people. Many were farmers, some were factory workers, and others owned small businesses. But one thing they all had in common–they were MY ancestors. Without each and every one of them, I may not be here today. And I certainly would not be the person I have become.
So on this Thanksgiving evening, I am thankful for each and every one of my ancestors–those I am aware of and those yet to be discovered.