As we research our roots we often trace our origins back to many countries. I have always felt the strongest connection to my maternal grandmother's family, my Irish roots.
Perhaps this is because my mother, Alberta Joy Gardner Brown, and her mother, Helen F. Coyle Gardner, were the center of our lives as my brothers and I grew up. They both told us stories of our family. Hearing tales about our family in Counties Cavan and Tipperary and, later, in New York City, made me wish I could travel back in time and see the world as my grandmother saw it.
Perhaps it is my St. Patrick's Day birthday and my freckles that give me a strong connection to my Irish roots. For whatever reason, this is a good day to bring out a chart of my wild Irish roots.
My maternal grandmother's family tree.
Coming Soon: Arbor Day & Family Tree Challenge