Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.
My favorite female ancestor has to be Sophia Zbieszczyk. She's my great-grandmother, the mother of my maternal grandfather. I know nothing about her, except for her name, that she was married to Bergmann Josef Knura and had several children.
I'm fascinated by her, have been ever since my mother told me my grandfather had said, not long after I was born, that I was the spitting image of his mother. He continued to say this until the day he died, when I was not even two years old. Now, years later, I could be looking into a mirror when I look at a picture of Sophia in her younger years, when she has two, maybe three children.
To learn more about Sophia, I'd need to start with my grandfather's records in Germany. They won't be publicaly available for another four years, unfortunately, so I can't do much, for now. I patiently await the time until I can start digging into this woman's life and in the mean time, I am left to dream of how her life could've been.
The picture that leaves me feeling like I'm looking into a mirror. Sophia is the woman on the right with the baby in her arms.