Bloodlines

A few years ago, one of my DRT friends walked into a meeting wearing the most interesting necklace. A thin gold necklace with names linked one to the other. The names began with hers, then her mother’s, her grandmother’s, her great grandmother’s name, and on going back until her maternal line ended meeting her name once again: so special. Most genealogists have a difficult time following women as so often they are lost in the “Mrs.” In the Spanish tradition, women have their father’s name followed by a “y” meaning “and” with their Mother’s name- maternal family names don’t get lost. However you may trace your maternal line, I always think of my friend’s necklace: the names of her female ancestors encircling her neck.