The research work. “ The History of my Family ”. Pupil of the 10 form school №14 Kolomna Moscow region Fedotova Tatiana
Motherland...This word we pronounce proudly and we write it in Russian with the capital letter. If we ask our friends and relatives what Motherland means for them, we’ll hear different answers. Some of them say that Motherland is your birthplace, others say it is your home where you began to walk and say your first word. The third ones say Motherland begins with your nearest and dearest – Mother, father, sisters, brothers, relatives and friends. For most people Motherland is their home, the land of their fathers. Whatever and whenever it is, it is always dear to us. I think Motherland is my ancestors.
My family tree
The Echo from the Past. The area of the Volga river... Steps... How beautiful the spacious steps are! How nice they are in spring! I imagine my grandfather and his sister being small children running and picking bright red, yellow, white and even brown tulips in steps.My courageous, hardworking and merry ancestors lived in these steps.Kobzev Nickolay Semeonovich, my great – great grandfather Leonty Stepanovich’s cousin said: «Landlord Romanov gave six serffamilies (among them my great – great – great – great – great grandfather Gerasim Donshin’s family) to his friend landlord Salov for a hound. Landlord Salov took these families out in a village which later was called Salovka, after the Great October revolution village Salovka was renamed into Voskresenka (Saratov region) ». Gerasim Donshin, my great – great – great – great – great grandfather, then his son Ermolay, my great – great – great – great grandfather, and then his grandson Stepan (1847) my great – great – great grandfather and their families lived in Salovka. They were poor but very friendly. They could work hard and had a good time. They liked to sing folk songs and got well with each other.
Leonty Stepanovich Donshin – my great – great grandfather Was born in settlement Voskresenka in 1879. Finished 4 grades of parish school. In 1899 he married Kuznetsova Irina Kalistratovna hardworking and timid girl. They had five children: Grigory (1900), Maria (1902), Feodor (1905), Klavdia (1910), Dmitry (1913). In 1914 he took part in the World War I. During the war he was in captivity in Germany. In 1918 my great – great grandfather came back to his Motherland.
Feodor Leontievich Donshin – my great grandfather. Was born in 1905. In 1922 my great grandfather Feodor (he was only sixteen that time) went off to Astrakhan in search of a living. In 1924 he was called up for military service in the workers and Peasants Red Army. In February 1929 my great grandfather married Anna Trofimovna Zubko. In 1931 he became a Candidate member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In 1937 he became a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In 1942 he refused from reserved quota and went to the front. He fought at Kalininsky front. During one of the fight the tank where Feodor Donshin was was shot. He was heavily shell-shocked and sent to the hospital in Elabuga. In 1946 my great grandfather returned home. He died in 1978.
Anna Trofimovna Donshina – my great grandmother Anna Trofimovna was the heart and soul of our family. She never studied but was a good and careful mother. My great grandmother had six children: my grandfather Anatoly, Valentin (1934 – 1937), Oktiabrina (1937 – 1938) (died from measles, twins Volodia and Liudochka (born in 1942). (Liuda starved in 1943).
Anatoly Feodorovich Donshin - my grandfather. Donshin Anatoly Feodorovich my favourite great grandfather was born on 14 April 1931 in the village of Voskresenka in Pervomaisky district of Saratov region. My grandfather was awarded an honourable distinction «For services in the develoment of design» and medal «For services to Fatherland».
In 1956 – 1963 he worked as a teacher of Art. In 1969 he graduated from Moscow State Teachers Training Institute. He worked in all union scientific research diesel locomotive institute. He developed from a common designer to leading specialist in the department of perspective elaborations. The school of designers was created on his initiative. My grandfather was very enthusiastic those days. He managed to persuade The Unions of Artists of the USSR to display the works of art from the Tretyakov Gallery in our local lore museum. He was also a co – author of the project of the famous Canon near the memorial park. Granddad organised a lot of seminars on eastetics of area of Kolomna. In 2000 he created Moscow regional department of the Union of Designers of Russia. Donshin A.F. with colleagues of all union scientific research diesel locomotive institute in Kolomna.
My grandfather’s creative works Anatoly Feodorovich is a very creative person. He has a good musical ear. He can play any song the piano. He is very interested in poetry. He can recite a lot of poems of Soviet and Russian poets by heart. He sometimes writes poems. He published two collected poems: «Bezdorozhe», «Live, think, feel, love…». My grandfather is a striking, cheerful energetic talented men who is constantly perfecting himself and learning something new. His interesting destiny, creativiness differ him. He tries to be useful even now when he is an elderly man.
Lidia Aleksandrovna Donshina – my grandmother. She was born on 2d of January 1939 in the village of Solovovo in Ryazan region. She had two brothers: Kolya (1931) and Sergei and a sister Luba (1935). All them died in their babyhood from different illnesses because there were no doctors in the village that time. My grandmother finished school №24 in Kolomna in 1957 and entered the pedagogical college in Zaraisk. After college she worked in Ramensky region. Later she graduated from teachers training institute in Orekhovo – Zuevo. She became a teacher of a primary school. She came back to Kolomna and worked first at school №29, then in the boarding – school №1 and finally in school №8. She was a very talented teacher. Now she is retired but nevertheless her colleagues often ask her for help. My grandmother and grandfather have two children: a son Sergey (my uncle) and a daughter Elena (my mother).
Donshin sergey anatolievich – my uncle My uncle is my Christian father. He runs the Donshins family. Sergey Anatolievich Donshin was born on the 25 of May1963. He finished school №8 in Kolomna and then entered a diesel – building college in Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod). He joined the army and was sent to Afganistan. After it he began to work in militia. Now he is retired. He has a son Vladimir.
Vladimir donshin – my cousin, the latest descendant of the donshins family. He was born in 1995. He is a pupil of the 7th grade now in gymnasium №2. His hobby is dancing.
My mother – fedotova elena anatolievna (donshina) My mother was born in Kolomna 1964. She finished school in 1981. She can play the piano very well. She has a good ear and can sing very well. After school she graduated from a cooperative college the faculty of commodity research. Now she has a high economical education and works as a chief accountant.
Fedotov Gennady borisovich - my father and I, Fedotova tatiana. My father was born in Kolomna on 6 February 1961. First he studied in school №30 in Schurovo. He finished school №22 in Kolomna in 1968. My father finished the machine – building college in Kolomna and worked at the plant as a metalworker. Then in 1980 he entered Kolomna High Artillery college and graduated from it in 1984. After it he went to Germany to serve. Then he continued to serve in Zabaikalsk. But in 1989 he transferred to the reserve and began to work in militia in Kolomna in 1990. He retired in 2004. Now he works in the Committee for children under 18. He was awarded a diploma for his hard work. My name is Tanya. I am pupil of the 9 «A» form at school №14 in Kolomna. I was born on 30 June 1993 in Kolomna. I had a lot of hobbies. When I was small I did gymnastics. Later I entered musical school and then art school. Then I joined dance club «Impulse». Now I attend a course of journalist. I have got a pet.
The main tradition of my family has remained to get together at different holidays and to value family relations. All of my relatives wherever they live always contact with each other, help each other in difficult situations. I like when all my relatives get together on different occasions, both happy and sad, and I am proud of my large family and I am sure they will always support me when I am in need because we are devoted to each other. A tree wouldn't grow beautiful and strong if it didn't have mighty roots. Neither would a man. A man will not be worthy son of his Fatherland if he doesn't know his family.