I voted today. I’ve done it many times before, but this time I carried you in my heart. Yes, all of you. My ancestors who were not seen as human in the eyes of the oppressors and never dreamed of being able to vote. My ancestors that died before gaining freedom and the right to vote. My ancestors that had the right to vote for just a little while and saw it snatched away. My ancestors that fought fearlessly even giving your lives to gain it back. Dear ancestors, my ancestors, I voted today. I hope I made you proud.
You have probably noticed that I have been away for a while. It has been for a good reason. At the beginning of this year, I became a mother! This new role has been the most challenging and rewarding assignment for me. However, as much as I have been enjoying taking care of my little one and getting used to being a mother, my mind has never stopped thinking about my research. I look forward to the day when I will be able to visit the archives, cemeteries, and local Family History Center to continue my research.
While pregnant, I wanted to do as much as I could to continue with my family research. Around the end of October last year, my husband and I traveled to Washington, D.C. just so that I could visit NARA. I was 7 months pregnant with my little one. It may seem like a dull trip to most, but it was the most exciting thing that I had done to date, as it relates to my research. I waddled from floor to floor (up and down on the elevator) with swollen feet and ankles, on a mission to get copies of the land records of my ancestors and relatives for two days. In addition to visiting NARA, I searched for and ordered death certificates, ordered microfilm and searched for marriage records, read a lot of blogs, and attended every webinar that I could (I am still doing this). I basically collected information and tried to increase my knowledge about genealogy and family history research, all while waiting for the opportunity to pick it up again.
Since giving birth to a little baby boy at the beginning of the year, my journey into motherhood has been adventurous, and is a lot to get used to. I have been spending time learning how to be a mom, working my day job and trying to catch up and keep up with daily life at home. For now, I am going to take it slow and write as much as I can, but I can’t wait to be able to sit down and analyze what I have collected so that I can tell you all about it. Besides, I have someone to tell the stories to now and its even more important that I continue with my research. 🙂
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