We at Family Tree know that moms aren’t the only ones who deserve appreciation for all of the love and support they provide us. Aunts, grandmas and great-grandmas deserve a round of applause as well! In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating our grandmas. Join us as we share their pictures and a little bit about them, with a few tips along the way.
This photo shows my grandmother at a party celebrating her 60th birthday. She always loved her grandchildren (a few of whom are surrounding her as she opens her presents).
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» Andrew Koch, Family Tree Books Editor/Content Producer
When I celebrated my First Communion back in, oh let’s just say it was the early 80s, my two grandmas looked on. They each came from a strong German Catholic background. My middle name is after my dad’s mom (on the right), Mary Frances.
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» Diane Haddad, Family Tree Magazine Editor
My grandma has always been an inspiration to me. Growing up, I remember attending functions put on by all the organizations she was a part of. Even in her later years, she is still very involved in the community. You can’t take her anywhere around town without someone recognizing her! She is hardworking, fiercely independent and very kind. I can only hope that some of her spirit has rubbed off on me! This photo of her was taken when she was about in 8th grade.
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» Rachel Fountain, Family Tree Social Media Manager
My maternal grandma was one of the most influential people in my childhood, and I grew up to have a lot in common with her. One of the things we always enjoyed sharing was our love of animals. Here she’s seen with her dog Jodie.
My grandma isn’t the only ancestor in my family history with a strong adoration of animals. You can read more about our ancestors’ love of pets in Pet Photos: Our Ancestors Loved Their Dogs, Too!
» Ashlee Peck, Family Tree Online Content Director
We’d love to hear the stories behind your favorite photos of your female family members—post them on our Facebook page or email us. And don’t forget to record those stories for posterity. Our Family Tree Memory Keeper and Story of My Life guided journals are great tools for capturing these treasured pieces of family history that don’t show up in records.