Unlike the unhappy ending of Madama Butterfly in Puccini's opera, many people today are able to be reunited with long lost children or long lost parents.
Even for those who cannot trace close living family members, more distant relatives might be discovered.
Madama Butterfly is one of the world's most popular operas. It is a tragic story of selfish behaviour and lost hope, wrapped in some of the most beautiful music ever composed.
Here is a summary of the opera
There are many women in the world who are like Madama Butterfly, and many men like Pinkerton.
Whatever the irresponsibilities and military personnel involved, the children who were the unintended consequence of fleeting passions are now able, as adults, to use the Internet to trace their ancestry. For example, I know of people who have had great success with GI Trace.
Here is the gitrace website
If you know of similar websites, please feel free to leave some comments about them below.
My Quieter Living blog also contains several posts on war, peace, poverty and children. Here are two that I think are especially appropriate for this time of year:
A Peace of Chocolate
Here in Ancestors Within, I provide these posts that may assist visitors who have a general interest in their own family history, whatever that history may be:
Family History - Ancestry and Privacy
Your Ancestral Heritage
The length of my blog pages should be shorter in 2010 as I will write more about the people in the photographs in the right hand column and move them to the relevant blog posts.
I'll take a break until then. In the words of the inimitable Spike Milligan, I wish you love, light and peace.