Have you ever researched your family? If not, you might want to. You can discover amazing things about your ancestors. You might even write a book about them.
Several years ago I had a distant cousin that was researching one of my family lines. She sent me a lot of great information. I sent her what little I had. It was so much fun learning about my kin that I was hooked. Yep, the genealogy bug bit me, and today I have a whole bookcase filled with albums of different families. This was all on my dad's side of the family. But I knew nothing about my mom. So, she came next. Her background led me down a path I never had imagined. And, yes, I wrote a book, loosely based on her story.
Many of you already know Mom was not an orphan. She lived with her mother, father, and five siblings in a tenement in Brooklyn, New York.
This is where they lived.
Her mother died, but her father was still alive. In today's culture, the dads would keep the family together, at least they'd try to. Times were different in the early 1920's and her father could not take care of his six children, so he gave them up and they went to an orphanage.
The children were scattered in different directions. My mom and the youngest girl were sent West on what is now called the Orphan Train. That's how she went from Brooklyn to Texas. So you see why I had to tell her story, although most of it is fictional because I do not know what her early life was like. She never talked about it. But she had a caring foster family. I changed the names of the characters for privacy, and events may or may not have happened. Mom's mother and father were my grandparents, as far as I knew. I never heard them say the word "foster children." I hope my mom would approve of the way I told her story.
So, how about it? Are you ready to learn about your ancestors? Or have you already researched your family? Every family has a story. What is yours?