Geneology Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the varied paths our forefathers took before us. Everyone has ancestors, but most of us know very little about where our great- and great-great-grandparents come from, let alone what came of all the lifelines that emanated from the dozens of siblings they all had. Researching one’s family tree unlocks many stories about where we come from and the struggles our ancestors went through. Some escaped poverty in another country to find a better life in America, while others fled war and persecution in order to live.
While many people take their lineage for granted, some of us have a sort of dead end in their family tree because of a closed adoption or unknown father. I have one such dead end, as no one seems to know who my great-grandfather was. My great-grandmother was 23 and unmarried when she got pregnant. We don’t know the surrounding circumstances, such as the pregnancy resulting from a New Year’s Eve fling (my grandmother’s birthday is October 5), a soured relationship, or perhaps even a rape. On my grandmother’s birth certificate, the line for the father’s name was left blank and apparently he was never really mentioned. It was never treated like some shameful secret, but his identity was just never spoken of. After my grandmother was born, my great-grandmother married a man twenty years her senior who already had a whole mess of kids from a a previous marriage and they went on to have six more children together. He was a fairly well-off landowner in Ponce, Puerto Rico, enough at least to have a small side street named after him. (Before he died, my step-great-grandfather sired at least 19 children that we know of. I once remarked to my mother that he was a busy man, to which she replied, “No, he was a puto.”)
This treasury is an exploration of the family tree, from one or two levels represented in a beautiful piece of jewelry to more elaborate charts that can display information about several generations. I urge you to take a look back at your history, as you never know what surprises await you! And don’t forget to visit some of my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!
Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!
“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?