Lorel Kapke, Creator of Sort Your Story had the pleasure of speaking with a user named Janet who had this to say about her female ancestors. As you read her comments, think about your female ancestors. What stories do you have to share? Are you thinking about writing a book about them?
Being the fourth generation of females named Janet in my mother’s family got me interested in learning about the others. One was my mother’s sister and the other was her mother. The first Janet was my GG Grandmother, a Scottish midwife. Janet Downie Hardie was married to a ship’s captain, lived in Edinburgh, Scotland had had given birth to nine children. She studied obstetrics at Edinburgh University with Dr. James Simpson, the doctor who first used an anesthetic on a woman giving birth. That woman was Victoria, the Queen of England.
I became intrigued with Janet’ story, her becoming a Mormon in Scotland and after the death of her husband, joining a handcart company and with five of her children and her 30 year old sister traveling the six month journey from Liverpool, England to Salt Lake City. They walked from Iowa City to Salt Lake pushing handcarts. She delivered eleven babies on the trek, the first being on the first day of the voyage. I have researched the handcart trek starting in 1856 until they got to their Promised Land six months later and have written a book about the Journey.
Thank you for sharing your story Janet!
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March is Women’s History month and many are focusing on writing about their female ancestors. Are you? Need some ideas on what to write about? Lisa Alzo of the Accidental Genealogist has 31 prompts for the month to help get you started.
Need a few other ideas on ways to write your ancestors’ histories? Consider these!
- Create a scrapbook of photographs and stories about your female ancestors.
- Write a biography of one of your female ancestors.
- Pull out old family recipes then cook or bake something. Write about the experience and any memories you have of those recipes with ancestors.
- Gather your children together and make a poster board of photographs, quotes, and their stories about one or more female ancestors.
- For young children, make memory cards of female ancestors. Take a copy of a photograph and paste it to a playing card sized piece of construction paper. On the back write some information about that ancestor such as vital statistics, favorite hobby or quote, book, whatever you want.
- Start a blog! Blogging allows you to build a collection of stories over a period of time. Should you ever start writing your entire family’s history, you will already have a lot to work with!
- Write the stories in Sort Your Story and add photographs to bring them to life.
How will you celebrate Women’s History Month? What will you write about?
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