Wednesday, August 30, 2017


It's time to start thinking about the Ninth Annual Great Genealogy Poetry

As in the past, I'll be posting the links to the submissions on Thanksgiving Day,
which this year falls on Thursday, November 23rd. Deadline for submissions will be a week before, on Thursday, November 16th. That gives everyone nearly three months to find (or write) and share their poem or song. If you find one long before that deadline you can post it on your blog now, but don't forget to send me the link to it before November 16th!
These are the Challenge rules:

1. Find a poem by a  poet, famous or obscure, about the region
one of your ancestors lived in. It can be about an historical event, a
legend, a person, or even about some place (like a river)or a local
animal. It can even be a poem you or one of your ancestors have written.
0r, if you prefer, post the lyrics of a song or a link to a video of someone
performing the song.

2. Post the poem or song to your blog (remembering to cite the source
where you found it.).  If you wish to enter an older post, you may as long
as it has not appeared here in an earlier Poetry Challenge.

 3.Tell us how the subject of the poem or song relates to your ancestor's
home or life, or the area of the country where they lived.

4.Submit your post's link here to me by midnight Thursday, November 17th
and I'll publish all links to the entries on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th!

If  you submit a humorous poem or song that will be entered under the
"Willy Puckerbrush" division. Willy was the late geneablogger Terry
Thornton's alias for some humorous posts and comments.

There you have it. You have nearly three months to find your poem and post it to your
blogs. I will be waiting to see what you all find and share!


Michael Davies said...

Here's my first entry. A blog post I wrote earlier this year about the last lines on the grave of my great grand parents, "Byth Ar Swn Y Delyn Aur", which in English means, "Ever to the sound of the golden harp."

Link to the blog post:

I want to see if I can dig up some poetry by an ancestor as well, but this is it for now.

Bill West said...

Thanks, Mike!

June Butka said...

Here is the link to my 2017 8th Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge. It was written in honor of John MacBean/Bean and his descendants. The sentiment can be just as appropriate today as in the 1800's.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here is my link, in honor of the Miramichi River in Canada:

Nancy said...

Hi, Bill. I just published my contribution at Thanks for hosting this event.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Here's mine, Bill: "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee"