Monday, October 09, 2006
On the subject of genealogy, while in Calgary early last month, we spent an hour or so on a Sunday afternoon with Uncle Sam and Auntie Lily. Uncle Sam kindly showed us the genealogical records he'd been working on, which was really exciting to see. The photo below is of the original, handwritten record he was able to procure in China for the price of a cell phone (that's a whole other story there!). We didn't want to handle the pages much, as they seemed quite worn and the characters rather faded, but we did ask to see the page on which our yeye, Biu Tang, would have recorded the birth of each of his sons. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, although yeye's brothers all made the effort to have their sons (i.e., dad's cousins) recorded in the book, our yeye apparently did not think it a very high priority, and our branch of the line ends with him. So you can see for yourself, I've circled his name in red (digitally, obviously!), and as Uncle Sam pointed out, you will note there are no descendants written below him, although we know he had quite a few -- I mean, we all Tangs and Tang cousins have to have come from somewhere, don't we!
A couple of months ago, while at the Poons house, we had the opportunity of leafing through a worn album displaying photos taken in the early Hong Kong branch some forty years ago. Much to our delight, included among their smiling faces were a number of photos of dad as a youth! Well, tonight we went over to the Poons again for Canadian Thanksgiving, and this time made sure to bring a scanner so we could capture some of those memories. Thank you to Uncle Tony for graciously allowing us access to his photos!
Photo #2: Dad getting ready for the Christmas party -- he painted the Jerusalem background scene beside him -- good job!
Photo #3: left to right, back to front: Uncle Sam, Uncle Norman, Sheldon Poon, Dad; Auntie Ellen, Auntie Grace, Auntie Evelyn, Uncle Tony, Uncle Kenneth; Auntie Fanny, friend
Photo #7: Uncle Sam, Auntie Fanny, Auntie Goo-ma, Uncle Norman, Dad, Auntie Grace, Auntie Evelyn, Uncle Kenneth (Uncle Gordon wasn't born yet)
Photo #10: Dad leading the music.