So it's no wonder PBS's 'Genealogy Roadshow' is a hit!
This show is an investigative reality television program that uncovers amazing stories of Americans and their ancestors, using technology, history and science to uncover one's deepest layer of their identity.
This self-discovery through genealogy is often most important to women, members of the LGBT community and technology enthusiasts who seek to tangibly connect the past to the present.
A reminiscence of The Life of Margretta provides her genealogy going back to the 1630s in North America and focuses on her young life up to her marriage in 1939.
Born during World War I when the Black Plague was circulating the globe and growing up during the Great Depression, as the only child of two career parents, her story resonates with today's children of full-time working parents who seek a better work/life integration.
Within her book, she writes about how the name, Margretta, has been passed down in her family beginning from the marriage of a young woman named Otstock (born of a Mohawk woman and Frenchman by the name of Hartell) to a Dutchman, named Cornelius Antonissen Van Sleyck, who emigrated to the colonies in 1634.
Otstock was given the Dutch name "Margretta" and her husband was given the name "Broer" or brother and adopted into the Mohawk tribe after their marriage. The first North American Margretta and her new husband spent long periods of time in Canajoharies, the home of the Mohawks. As a family tradition, the name, Margretta, has been passed down as a middle name to girls thereafter....including the author's daughter, Jill Margretta.
The author went on to raise four children, born between 1940 and 1948, and this book is dedicated to them and their children. It is a duty for each generation to record their own doings in order that those of the future may use them as a guide for emulation or avoidance.
As Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis pointed out, "If you bungle raising your children, nothing else that you do matters much." She and Margretta spoke the truth.