- Also just found my mom's family's ship manifest from when they immigrated in 1926 (my mom in utero) and shared it with her and family.
That is awesome, lil. I do wish I knew more about my ancestors, who came by boat, mostly from Poland. I recall that at least one child was lost on the trip... We pass in and out, and it's sad, but it's also everything else. My wife's family is lucky enough to have a family tree book that spans 500 years. She is Chinese, and all but one copy survived the Cultural Revolution, because a brave uncle hid it instead of destroying it. I'm pretty honored to now have been included in its pages. I suppose we need to get our daughter added too!
Glad you had a good Mother's day.
I know too little of the story behind my wife's family history. I know that her great grandfather was one of the few that passed the imperial examination, and was a tutor to the first president's child, so they were a privileged family for some time. It's interesting, in their oldest photos, then men are in western suits, and later they are in traditional dress. After Mao, western style was rejected, and even became dangerous. People burned old photos if they were wearing western dress in them.
My story "Family History Vs Ship Manifest" is at the bottom of this e-Journal, p. 23 and continues for a few lines on p. 9.
As I get older, and family members pass away, and new ones are born, I find myself valuing these days more and more.