This is my husband. He is a genealogist and he takes church records from the last two centuries of our denomination and transcribes them into digital format for archival preservation. That would be so boring to me, but he loves it. Sometimes the records are in German and he really has a time with them. He was simply working at his computer this morning typing name, dates, spouses and baptisms or weddings in columns when he came upon a name that was not typical. He sometimes puts a name in Google to see if anyone else is named that name which will tell him that the letters he thinks he is seeing in the script just might be what they really are. This morning he saw this
so he went to Google. He found an Edward Leonard Caum born the exact day as this man to parents named the same name and he was born in the same state in which this marriage information was recorded. He was so excited! Further research revealed that this man was a famous botanist who studied the native sugar cane of Hawaii, naming it and categorizing it.
In the 1920’s he was among the scientists and Navy crew to make the first scientific expeditions to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. It was called the Tanager Expedition after the name of the converted First World War minesweeper, the Tanager, that took the scientists from Honolulu to the western end of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. Interestingly enough, there is a picture of that early expedition found in the Bishop Museum in Hawaii.
So what was I doing all this time? I was preparing to light our first candle on our cradle to cross wreath, hang our first ornament on our Jesse tree and read about the creation which is the symbol on the first ornament. While I was preparing I found a wonderful blog that is doing a series on the foreshadowing of Christ in the Old Testament and will make a post each day. Now I am excited! If you are interested, please go to Sylvia’s blog over at http://www.sylvrpen.com.
I, too, am going to be a genealogist for the next 25 days. I am going to trace Jesus’ roots from the beginning of the world with the help of Ann Voskamp and Nancy Rodden’s A Jesus Advent Celebration booklet that is a free download over at http://www.aholyexperience.com and Sylvia’s work that she will post on her site daily. Perhaps I will see some of you over there in the comment section? Blessings, Dawn