As the eldest of four females in our family, I know how fulfilling and enriching sisterhood is and how blessed I am to have these women in my life. However, I also am aware of how painful relationships with sisters can be at times. When words are wielded like weapons, they can tear the heart and scar the soul. The people with whom you are closest and share some of your earliest memories can hurt you the most.
This Is My Life
One hundred years ago, American women were granted the right to vote. However, this right was not won quickly or easily.
In 1848, the women’s movement was launched at The Seneca Falls Convention with women’s suffrage being the primary demand. The movement gathered momentum through the 1850s; however, with the onset of the Civil War in 1861, women’s suffrage lost its steam. Four years later, with the end of the war, the suffrage movement began again. Unfortunately, it took 55 more years before American women were granted the right to vote.
As a genealogist, I learned long ago that there is the family into which one is born, and there is the family that one chooses. The novel, The Edge of Belonging, written by Amanda Cox, is all about the family that is chosen.
One hundred years ago, during the final days of the First World War, a microscopic menace attacked humanity on a global scale: the Spanish Influenza. The conditions of the war (overcrowding and global troop movements) hastened the rapid spread of this disease. Because of the lack of reliable healthcare and sanitary practices in the public-at-large, this disease quickly escalated into a public health crisis.
Several months ago, my supervisor asked if I would be willing to pen a feature article for our monthly newsletter that goes out to educators and children’s advocates across the state. Of course, I agreed. (I am a writer, after all.)
I then pitched an idea that I had been thinking about for some time: families using family history/genealogy to connect to each other and to “something more.”
This month, that article was published. And, because I am, after all, a family history blogger, I am sharing it with you.