“Mother is the first world we know, the source of our lives and our stories. Embodying the mystery of origin, she connects us to the great web of kin and generation.” (Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, The Motherline: Every Woman’s Journey to Find Her Female Roots, Fisher King Press, 2009)

This evolving project plays with seven generations in my motherline going back to Sarah Oakes, who was born about 1780 in the English midlands. Click the right edge of the photo slider, or swipe, to go back in time. Click a photo to enter the stories. See other motherline explorations, or share your own, here.