Hopes and Dreams – In Their Own Words 4

GeneaChat: Hopes and Dreams - In Their Own Words

The beginning of a new year is the traditional time to make plans and goals for the future. We think about our lives and what we want to change and improve.

Our ancestors most likely did the same. Where can we find what their thoughts and feelings were? If we are lucky, we have letters, cards or journals that may tell us their hopes and dreams.

This month let’s share what things we have found written in their own words. What did their writing tell you about their personality, wishes and struggles? Are they like yours?

Here are some of the items that have helped me discover what was on the mind of those in my family tree.

“Old Pete and Francis” is the transcription of a letter my great grandmother wrote to two of my grandmother’s sisters. It’s a fun letter full of personality! Nicknames, crushes and plans for upcoming events show the relationship between mother and daughters.

“Letters from Mattie” is a series of transcribed letters written by my maternal great great grandmother to her children. Mattie wrote many of her thoughts and feelings about family members, visits and day to day life. She didn’t leave a journal, but these letters are a priceless substitute for a few years of her life. (Part one links to the others.)

Inside a family Bible were letters from my great great grandfather to his daughter, my great grandmother. These were transcribed and shared in three posts in “Letters from the Past”. From then I learned of his love for his daughter and sad events in his life leading him to poverty. His desire to be able to help his children and not being able to do so is felt in his words.

In “Plowing Through” I share pages from my great great grandfather’s farm journal pages from 1899. In it he describes his work for the day, the weather, those who worked for him.

How wonderful to be able to read about their life’s experiences, hopes, dreams and plans for the future in their own words!
Now it’s your turn! Have you found journals, letters, notes or anything else that helps you understand your ancestor’s better? Have you learned anything about what life was like for them or discovered their hopes and dreams for the future? We would love for you to share!

You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by sharing a blog post or leaving a comment about these discoveries. Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the recap at the end of the month.

Looking forward to reading what y’all have to say!

Thanks for GeneaChatting!


Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email Cheri@carolinagirlgenealogy.com or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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