Telling a story through family relationships
One example: When cousins marry cousins
Not allowed in every state these days, in our not-so-distant-past it wasn’t uncommon for a cousin to marry a cousin. A look at populations and geography and one can better understand the reasons. How does this effect our understanding of family when, through research, we stumble upon cousin marriages?
Presented here as a general interest story, a closer look at relationships, nonetheless, can lead to one more way to tell a family story. Take a look at how Susan shows us the complexities within one family.
Relationships and how they tell a story
In Susan’s story, she profiles sisters Mary and Sarah Smith, two younger sisters of my great, great grandfather Josiah “Si” Smith. You read that after Mary and Bill died, their spouses (Sarah and Adelbert) were married years later. You also saw that Mary’s grandson, Warren, married Sarah’s granddaughter, Dora.
Family relationships can be complex, the web indeed quite tangled. Regardless, they offer opportunities to share your stories with your children. Relationships might also be a great starting point for those who may not know how to begin the storytelling process.
Have you come across interesting relationships and/or marriages in your research? Let us know; we’d love to hear your story.
Photo credits: Susan Phelps
Happy Profiling! ❤