I posted this to my Facebook page but thought it made an excellent tip as well.

It’s Mother’s Day in the US.

Do you have a female other than your mother who was a strong influence in your life? Have you documented that relationship in your genealogical files about yourself? If you have a relative that you know had a significant maternal influence who wasn’t their mother, have you documented that as well? Keep in mind that we may have ancestors whose “functional mother” was not their biological or legal mother. Many times these individuals were aunts, grandmothers, step-mothers, etc. (those are in alphabetical order intentionally) but not always.

Those relationships outside the ones of the immediate family were important to many of us…they were often important to our ancestors as well.



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