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elaine-chiew's picture
Feb.24.2011
My grandmother, who died in my junior year in an American college, had immigrated to Malaysia as a child bride of 13.  Promised to a second-generation Chinese in an itty-bitty backwater town called Sungkai where he was a truck-driver and his father before him.  As she told it, she hadn't even begun...
cynthia-s-becker's picture
Feb.24.2011
Sarah Terry Coleman stood up for her rights in an era when husbands controlled property the wife brought to a marriage. Sarah's first husband died, leaving her with two children and custody of a small Kentucky farm that would belong to her son when he came of age. A neighbor, Robert Cochran, came...
diana-raab's picture
Feb.24.2011
As the daughter of a family who immigrated in the 1930s from Europe, I have a slew of very interesting ancestors. If I had to pick one to highlight, it would be my  grandmother, Regina. I actually studied her life in great depth for my memoir, REGINA’S CLOSET: FINDING MY GRANDMOTHER’S SECRET...
kathryn-johnston's picture
Feb.24.2011
My grandmother, Marjorie Lucy Reed (Margo), was born October 12, 1912 in London. Margo was the youngest of seven brothers and two sisters. Her house was small, one among many along the banks of the river Wandle. My great-grandmother died in childbirth when my grandmother was two years old. My great...
salvatore-buttaci's picture
Feb.24.2011
Papa spoke often of him. One would have surmised he knew him, this paternal grandfather of his, met him in the flesh, saw firsthand the subject of Papa's parables that taught about courage and valor. “No, he died in 1883,” my father said, “twenty-two years before I was born. His name was Giovanni...
len-boswell's picture
Feb.24.2011
I come from a family of thieves, drunkards, and misfits whose concept of “family” was to get the hell out of it as soon as possible and never look back. My Aunt Ruth, who paid five dollars cold cash for a “certificate of family ancestry, complete with coat of arms,” was the only one interested in...
sara-kuhns's picture
Feb.24.2011
I am a fortunate girl.  Members of my family have taken the time to compile our family tree.  Because of this I know that John Howland, manservant, married fellow passenger Elizabeth Tilley five years after coming to America on the Mayflower.  One of their children was a daughter, Desire Howland,...
yvonne-navarro's picture
Feb.23.2011
It's the late 1920s.  A tall and slender young woman with firey red hair and bright blue eyes wears a standard waitress uniform-- dress snug at the waist and a small white apron-- and wipes down the counter at a nameless diner in a southern Indiana town.  Calvin Coolidge is President, and this is...
dera-williams's picture
Feb.23.2011
Most Interesting Ancestor- Fannie Rowland Thompson Gilliam            I loved to hear my mother, Vivian Rowland Jones, talk about her favorite aunt. Fannie Rowland Thompson Gilliam was born in 1867 to Hester Duckworth, a former slave and the man who brought her from South Carolina as part of his...
madeline-sharples's picture
Feb.23.2011
My mother is one of my most interesting ancestors. Here is her story in her own words. My Story by Hilda Tasky (written for the Ocean House Retirement House newsletter) This story begins even before I was born. In the 1890s, a widowed lady, Malka Gidwitz, with her seven small children, lived in a...