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Our ancestors saw it all. World wars, economic turmoil, pandemics, the death of family members, religious persecution, systemic oppression, natural disasters, famines, and countless personal setbacks.

Yet they persevered.

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 As we navigate through our own tumultuous times in a constantly changing world, we can learn so much from our foremothers and fathers.

These memories — generously shared by our members and visitors — are a testament to the courage, ingenuity, and good humor of generations past.

As the poet Maya Angelou so eloquently said, “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

Let us look to those who came before to find inspiration and strength.

Please note that the stories in this gallery are submitted by visitors to the website and are presented as we receive them, apart from occasional light editing for grammar and structure. The views and opinions expressed are those of the submitters and do not reflect any policy or position of American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). All content provided by the submitters is of their opinion and is not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, orientation, individual, organization, or anyone or anything.

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