Fearless Females: The tragic stories of Julia Kunkel and Janet Melvin

Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month. March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how this affected the family? There are two tragic deaths of young women in my family tree. One was … More Fearless Females: The tragic stories of Julia Kunkel and Janet Melvin

Women’s History month – women in the paid workforce – some thoughts

At the conclusion of Women’s History Month I have been thinking about personal history and in particular women’s history month which led me to reflect on how much has changed in the world of women’s public work. Of course the simple fact is that whether our female ancestors were in paid employment or not, they were … More Women’s History month – women in the paid workforce – some thoughts

Women’s History: Emmeline Pankhurst -British Suffragette

As this is women’s history month, as well as yesterday’s centenary of International Women’s Day, I thought it appropriate to include some photos I took during a recent trip to London. We came across the statue by chance while walking from Vauxhall to Westminster. Emmeline Pankhurst was a key figure in the Suffragette movement in England. … More Women’s History: Emmeline Pankhurst -British Suffragette

International Women’s Day – Ellen Gavin, Julia Kunkel and Johanna Gavan

  Today is the centenary of International Women’s Day and an appropriate day to honour our female ancestors. I have chosen to highlight the lives of my great-great-grandmother Ellen (Murphy) Gavin and great-grandmother Julia (Gavin) Kunkel as well as an unrelated friend.  Their lives were so much harder, and stoic, than ours and I thank … More International Women’s Day – Ellen Gavin, Julia Kunkel and Johanna Gavan