Fearless Females Blog Post: March 19 — Surprising Fact

March 19 — Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors?  What was it and how did you learn it?  How did you feel when you found out?  

One of the more interesting facts I uncovered was my grandmother’s hospital stay upon arrival at Ellis Island in August 1922.  I first learned about this from the story my mother told me over 20 years ago,when I first began researching my family’s history–that my grandmother was suspected to have tuberculosis (she did not–she suffered from asthma most of her life). I then saw a notation “hospital discharged” on the passenger list.  Then, I found her listed on a “Record of Detained Aliens.”

Of course it’s a relief to know that my grandmother was eventually released.  Had she not been released, and perhaps even sent back, it’s pretty likely I would not be here today!

Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo