Nominate a Special Mom in Your Family!

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What does the word “mother” mean? Many adjectives come to mind for various people. According to dictionaries, the traditional definition describes a mother as a woman who has given birth. There is also another definition of someone who speaks to the everyday actions of providing care and affection. A mother is someone who loves unconditionally and who places the needs of her children above her own.

Is there a mother in your family’s history who stands out? A mom who has made an enormous contribution to your family heritage?

Leading up to Mother’s Day, we’re asking you to nominate an outstanding mother from your family tree. It doesn’t have to be your own mother; it could be another mother in the family who has had a huge impact on your life.  Let us know what she has done for the family and how she influenced and inspired others.

We’ll pick three finalists whose stories will be told in a special blog post for Mother’s Day.

We’ll choose the winners on May 3, so make sure to nominate your favorite mom today. We’re looking forward to hearing the stories of the incredible moms in your life.

Good luck!

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  • Donna Driggers


    April 28, 2016

    When I think of my life, my Aunt is who my mother is. She didn’t give birth to me, but she did everything else. When I was 5years old, and my older sister 7, she took us in to raise us in addition to her own 5 children, including an infant. I just don’t know how she did it. She treated Everyone of us the same. There is not enough I can say about her to show what an awesome person she was. She loved us just as if we were hers. We were hers.I love her so much. She chose, without hesitation to care for us. I once asked her , What did you say when Daddy asked you? She looked at me and said Yes. I was surprised. There was no hesitation, no regrets, and we grew up with a family that will always be where we belong. Thank you Lord for my Aunt Christine.

  • Only Son of Gorman


    April 28, 2016

    Nominating my mother: Yvonne Elaine Joyce. https://www.myheritage.com/person-1500002_346658931_346658931/yvonne-elaine-joyce

  • Sharon Jones Terry


    April 28, 2016

    I would be very honored to nominate Vera Quick Jones. She has been such a Blessing to so many people. She is very devoted to her family. She was right beside my Dad through out his years of Parkensons Disease. She has survived a 5 bypass in 1997 and loves to cook for others.

  • Michael Reylander


    April 29, 2016

    I would nominate my Mother Emma Elvira Reyländer. She raised 3 boys on her own, our Father had died at an early age. And let me tell you 3 boys is not an easy task, but she had an hard grip on us and she also kept the family always together. One of her and our Dad dream was to come to the USA, which didn’t happened because of being post war II and living in the Russian section of Vienna. Later on our father died at a young age and Mom thought the dream is lost. Finally in the 1980’s we all moved to the USA due to effort of our Mom. When Christmas came around she would bake up a storm of cookies and everyone loved them.

  • Barbara Shirey


    April 29, 2016

    I would like to nominate my mother, Teresa Schwarz Schachle. She and Dad raised us 13 children on a small farm in Oklahoma and taught us good values to live every day. She is now almost 85 and is an wealth of knowledge on both hers and my dad’s side as I develop our family tree. I don’t know how I would do this without her love and support and validation.

  • Janice A Hembree


    April 29, 2016

    Honoring my Mother, Gloria Caroline Cordrey Hembree is just not enough to celebrate her life. My Mother had (has) seven (7) children, all of which have been told are only children! It means, she never chose one over the other, and we did feel special. Each one of us has very different personalities, but she understood and helped each one to grow their own way. Every day, I use some of the teachings she shared with me, and now that she is 85 she needs our help and we are more than happy to be beside her and pray every day she does not leave us, though I know she will. My life without her is something I cannot even imagine. I hope she knows in her heart that we all honor her, more than she knows.

  • heather couch


    May 1, 2016

    I would like to nominate my Grandmother Esther Dickfos nee Krueger,my Grandma was the most gentle loving,sincere person I’ve ever met.If Jesus had been a woman,she would have been my Grandma,she was a very religious woman as was my Granddad,they were meant for each other.When my Mum was sick we spent weeks with them 4 girls.under 7 years and she coped with us.I loved my Grandma so much,when she died it was like a part of my heart died with her.

  • Alice L. Luckhardt


    May 1, 2016

    I’m nominating by 2nd great grandmother – Savilla Sherman Musselman (April 1840 – March 1927). As one researches their family tree an interesting ancestor surfaces. For me it was Savilla Sherman Musselman of West Manheim, York County, Pa. and later lived for years in Manchester, Carroll County, MD. She raised six children, especially after the early death of her husband, Geo. Washington Musselman in 1878. Then in 1893 Savilla raised on her own, her granddaughter, Eva, age 2, after her own daughter died at age 29. Savilla was active in the Manchester town and her church. Truly an inspiration for future generations.

  • Rob van Bentum


    May 2, 2016

    I have three candidates.
    My grandmother, Joan Brown, a woman who had to reinvent herself halfway through her life, and did it with a bang. She taught the daughters of the privileged when living in British India, and became a successful teacher of socially deprived children with learning problems after moving to Huddersfield.
    An ancestress, Cornelia Kippersluis, 1795-1863, who laid the foundations for Van Bentum success. She was raised in a pub, and married into a dysfunctional family that had lost the farm and slid down the social ladder. Cornelia made sure her children learned a proper trade: carpentry. Son Engelbert began the construction business that is still there in one guise or another.

  • Jacquilyn Bondank


    May 3, 2016

    I’m nominating my mom Gracie Farni,

    When I think of mom only one person comes to my mind and that is my mom! On 7-24-14 my family was faced with an unexpected tragedy when we lost our father unexpectedly and in the middle of the night at age 45 my mother and father married when mom was 17 and dad was 15 My mom stayed by my dad every day until he took his last breath she woke up in the middle of the night and noticed my dad was not breathing and began cpr on him! My dad was my moms love of her life! My mom is the true definition of a mother who loves her kids unconditionally! Her and my dad hand and hand built the rock solid foundation that my family stands on today! Words can not describe how truly amazing my mother is! I love you mom you are my hero!!

  • Kathy


    May 18, 2016

    I want to Nominate my mother Her name Is Jeyanathini .Premanathan she Is a passionate hardworking careing loving mother. She cares about everyone .Please allow me to ?Nominate my mother as her surprise gift ti show her how she Is well appreciated .