My mother, born outside Boston in 1897 would on occasion refer to her cousin Julia, and what a world traveler she was. Thru Ancestry.com, I have connected to two of my cousins, sisters, who were able to help me fill in the story of our Julia. Using their recollections and Ancestry.com tools, the story of Julia, who never married and never had a child, is none-the-less revealed and woven into our family history.
At age 42, in 1942, Julia was living at home with her parents in a Boston suburb. She was a ‘stenographer’ at a law firm in Boston. Seeing her chance for adventure and service to her country, Julie bravely joined the U.S. Army Women’s Air Corps in 1942. It was not just “Rosie the Riveters” whose lives were so changed by the War. Our Julie shows up at the Yalta Conference in the Crimea in 1945. She is an ‘official recorder,’ putting her stenography skills to good use. Because she must be in close proximity, I’m sure the scent of Winston Churchill’s cigar smoke could be detected on her uniform. I just love this research! Thanks Ancestry.com for developing these wonderful tools that bring our families together and into focus.