It is Week 13 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. While some of these themes have been more difficult than others for me, this week’s writing prompt, Nearly Forgotten, juxtaposed well with a post I had already planned on writing today.
This post is about an unforgettable, yet almost forgotten woman, beloved by her family and friends and respected by her community, about whom I did not even know until a few years ago: Cynthia Ann (Payne) Watts, my 3rd great-grandmother.
Categories: Everyday People, On This Day, Watts-Stark Line
Tags: 52Ancestors, ancestry, biography, Civil War, family history, family tree, genealogy, lineage, Missouri, On This Day, women's history, writing challenge, writing prompt
Wow! It’s already Week 10 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s theme is Strong Woman. Now, this is a writing prompt that I can get behind! But instead of Strong Woman, I will be writing about Strong Women… plural. (It is Women’s History Month, after all. So let’s hear it for the girls!)
Categories: Brickwall Ancestors, Cole-Marriner Line, Everyday People, This Is My Life
Tags: 52Ancestors, biography, family history, family tree, genealogy, girl power, women, women's history, writing challenge, writing prompt
As a genealogist, I know that everyone has a tale to tell. While most of these stories are of everyday people living ordinary lives, occasionally an extraordinary tale is uncovered. Such is the case with The Secret Letter, written by Debbie Rix, a historical fiction novel inspired by her parents’ wartime experiences.
What would you give up and how far would you go to make a better life for yourself? Would you pack up what little you had and leave your loved ones and your rural homeland to seek your fortune in the big city? Would you walk 250 miles over mountains and moors while driving a herd of cattle to forge a new destiny? Just what would you do?
Categories: Book Reviews
Tags: book blog, book review, books, Canada, critique, England, genealogy, Great Depression, immigration, mental health, poverty, research, suffrage, Wales, women's history, World War I