One of my Victorian passions is Genealogy. It was photos of my Victorian ancestors that inspired my love of the era and my fascination with the fashions. From grade school through high school I read every book about the 19th century, fiction & non fiction, that I could find. Little Women was one of my first reads, I read it over and over. My oldest daughter is even named after Meg in the story.
While researching I discovered that my English Grandfather Samuel J. Martin was a Quarter Master Sergeant in the Civil War Union Army. I also learned that my Irish grandfather was a Constable in Dublin, Ireland.
I enjoyed hearing the family stories from my great grandmother. I have collected over 100 antique family photos, many with names identified, old family recipes and anecdotes. One day I will tell my story in a book.