Doodle one family group of Ancestors
Doodling your ancestors is a fun way to get to know them, that they were real people. It’s a great way to teach your family about their lives, their struggles and their examples. It’s also fun for families to find out where they get some of their own traits. Two of my aunts had red hair. Their parents both had brown hair, but their grandmother, Henrietta (from my last post) had red hair.
There are a few ways you can go about doing this activity.
Print off the My Family Portrait printable from the FREE Printable page.
Make enough copies for everyone participating.
Look at your family tree and decide whose family you’d like to doodle. You can doodle the entire family like I did or each person in your family can pick one ancestor family member to doodle. Label your doodle with their names and ages. Take turns telling stories about them while your kids or grandkids color their doodles.
I chose Henrietta’s family from 1882. This was the year life became incredibly difficult for them. I am a terrible doodler. but that’s not the point. The point is too show you that you don’t have to be an artist or even kinda good at drawing. Also, to show you to just do it! It’s fun to see them come to life, imperfect as they are.
I drew John, the father, with a quivering smile. Obviously, something is wrong. No one knew why he left. He just disappeared. It was learned, years later, that he passed away near Blackfoot, Idaho. He could’ve had depression, he could’ve decided he’d had enough farming, who knows.
The youngest child, Grace, was 6 months old. Henrietta and her six kids had to keep a 50-acre farm going just to survive. Her bishop called her to be a midwife in their ward in Murray, Utah in 1882. She took the midwife course, gone all day for 6 months. Every morning she’d hitch up her wagon and drive ten miles into town to attend class and back home again. That alone took most of her day. Then she studied all night.
The oldest daughter, Mary, age 11, became the mom. She was caregiver of the smaller children and baby Grace. All of the kids had to work. They grew up fast. Henrietta delivered babies and nursed others for 20 years. As Mary grew, she learned from her mom and also became a midwife. She worked alongside her mother.
In 1901, Henrietta contracted Tuberculosis from one of her patients and died in early 1902. Baby Grace, now 21, took care of her mother until her death, then Grace also contracted TB and died in 1903.
The reason I like to think on their tragic story is because of their examples. Henrietta never said a disparaging word about John. I’m sure she must’ve shed many tears, but never in front of her children. There must’ve been many sleepless nights when she wondered what she was going to do. How would they make ends meet? She worked, and all of her kids worked. It took their whole family pulling together to survive.
So here is the Challenge:
Doodle one of your ancestor families, and share their story.
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