Diaries. Have you ever really thought about using diaries in researching your female ancestors? Many women kept diaries for their early traveling from home to a new home in the â€œwilderness.â€ One early Ohio settler kept not only a diary of her journey from the old country, but included marvelous drawings to supplement her words. Wouldnâ€™t it be fun to have a vacation following her route through the United States to her final destination?
My great-grandmother (while not the artist like the woman mentioned above) gave insight to her life during the Depression. She wrote of her son going to Detroit, Michigan, to find work; daily cleaning, laundry, canning, and mending; plus visits to family and doctors, where she complained mightily of the cost. One thing that stands out in her memoirs was her marvelous sense of humor. While she recounted her birthdays and one son-in-lawâ€™s gift of money matching her age, she commented about being older so she could get more!
You may not have the creative writer in your familyâ€™s history, so check historical societies, genealogical societies, and published diaries for people who lived in the same area as your family. Who knows? You may even find mention about your relatives in a long-lost journal!