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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Furthering Your Genealogical Education

Online Genealogy Education

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Here's a short list of places to go on the internet for Genealogy Education.  This list is not the end all-be all list of offerings, however it does showcase the most popular places to get additional training.

    • $2850 (for a 40 course package) 40 courses beginner, intermediate and advanced courses after completion awarded Postnomial Designation PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies)
      • Multiple courses specializing in several countries
      •         • American Records
      •         • Australian Records
      •         • Canadian Records
      •         • English Records
      •         • German Records
      •         • Irish Records
      •         • Librarianship
      •         • Methodology
      •         • Professional Development
      •         • Scottish Records

  • NGS -yearly membership $70, some courses are offered to non members at a higher price, prices listed are for members

    •  Family History Skills 
      • free as a ngs member 
    •  These 2 courses can be bundled for $75, or purchased separately at $45 each
    • American Genealogical Studies: The Basics 
      • Getting Started
      • Create A Research Plan
      • Home Sources
      • Family Traditions and Connecting with Others 
    •  American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation & Source Citation 
      • Introduction to Documentation
      • Basic Citation Principles
      • Applying Basic Citation Principles
    • American Genealogical Studies: Beyond the Basics $175
      • Module 1 – Evidence Analysis
      • Module 2 – The Library: A Research Repository
      • Module 3 – The Federal Population Schedules
      • Module 4 –
    •  American Genealogical Studies: Branching Out  $175
      • Module 6 – Cemeteries, Tombstones, and Funeral Homes
      • Module 7 – Religious Records
      • Module 8 – Newspaper Research
      • Module 9 – Research in the Courthouse-Probate Records
      • Module 10 – Research in the Courthouse-Deeds
    • Continuing Genealogical Studies $45 (*** is $60)
      • Effective Use of Deeds  
      • Genetic Genealogy, the Basics 
      • ***Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA ***
      • Introduction to Civil War Research 
      • Researching 17th and 18th Century German Ancestors 
      • Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors 
      • Researching Your World War I Ancestors 

  • Boston University

    • Genealogy 101--13 lessons 28 exams 9 hours of time .9 CEUs
      • $50 no certificate /
      • $75 with CEU certificate

  • Future Learn  offered by University of Strathclyde Glasgow  

    • Free- no certificate  
    • $99 to upgrade for certificate

    • various classes range in price from $29.99-$199.99

    • 2015-2016 cost was $350, website hasn't been updated courses may not be available.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

CH CH CH Changes!!!

Changes are coming!!!

On Aug 3, 2017, Legacy and My Heritage announced that their companies were merging.  Shock rippled across the Genealogy community, especially with the loyal users of Legacy.  Feelings ranged from shock and disbelief, to feelings of being duped, betrayed or cheated and every emotion in between.  

The Legacy users are scared, and rightfully so.  Just 2 years ago, Ancestry dumped FTM, then announced that Roots Magic would sync with Ancestry at Roots Tech.  Then later announced that FTM had risen from the ashes of being scrapped and was being sold to MacKiev.  Two years later, both software companies released the "sync" feature, but still issues exist with both programs.  

Legacy explained the pros to the merger, and  that every employee currently with Legacy will stay with Legacy at their new home under My Heritage's tutelage.

The following 4 bullets are directly from Legacy News as well as the email sent to Legacy users.
  • A host of new features in Legacy software – we will be developing future versions of Legacy together. We have already started working on the new Tree Sync feature (to optionally have your Legacy file in a private or collaborative tree at My Heritage)
  • Improved webinar platform to surpass the 1,000-virtual seat limitation we currently have
  • Significant discounts on My Heritage services and DNA kits for Legacy users and webinar viewers not available anywhere else
  • Most importantly, you can expect the same high-quality support and service that you have come to expect from us. The entire Legacy and webinar teams will continue on at My Heritage in our existing roles.

Questions were asked and answered by Legacy staff:
  • Do we have to have a tree on My heritage?  No, It is optional.
  • Do we have to sync when that becomes available? No, it is optional.
  • Do we have to subscribe to My Heritage?  No, just like you don't need to subscribe to ancestry to use Roots Magic or FTM.
  • Will our data on the legacy cloud be used by My Heritage?  No, even Legacy doesn't have access to your back up on the cloud

Legacy staff has mentioned Legacy will remain independent. Which is a good thing, and the current 50% off (until Aug 13) on both the software and the webinars was My Heritage's idea as an act of good will.  My Heritage also realizes there are issues from the past they are working through and are hoping to gain our trust back.

A few other bloggers posted today, making observations about Legacy's merger, and while most of what they say is good news, one thing that has the community back up in arms; is the opinion that Legacy will be absorbed into My Heritage and will be made into a web based app to replace their own web based app called Family tree builder.

I personally hope that doesn't happen, as Legacy is a robust program and there would be so much functionality lost by making it web based.  I mean look at the current functionality of other web based programs (ancestry's online tree builder, Wiki tree, and even My Heritage's tree builder)

The genealogy community wants to keep their trees on their PC's, for several reasons:
  • to protect living relatives
  • to prevent others from changing trees
  • to stop genealogy "vampires" from taking someone's hard work and claiming it as theirs

One only has to look at the mess on Ancestry (their trees) where there are numerous trees for the same family, all who cite an ancestry tree as the source, but hardly any with an actual source as to where the info came from. Parents with children born before the parents, mothers having children after they died, and men being married to 3 women at the same time in 3 different states. What a mess online trees have made.

This same complaint has also been made about My Heritage trees.

My Heritage would be better off scrapping their online tree builder, and just use Legacy's sync option to showcase Legacy's capabilities, and help promote proper sourcing and not just follow the shaky leaf hints.  

I see this merger as a good thing for Legacy to impart their GREAT customer service skills into the My Heritage infrastructure, and for My Heritage to utilize the POWER of Legacy to improve the Genealogy community's way of researching and their footprint on the internet as a subscription database worthy of our time and money.

Only time will tell......

Affiliate disclaimer:

I have no affiliation with any website or company, nor do I get paid to promote any company or website.  My thoughts are my own and cannot be bought.

2018-2019 Calendar of Events

This is also a work in progress and will be updated as events are brought to my attention. This is a public calendar I created in Google, listing all the upcoming events that are genealogy related. All times are in East coast time, so convert accordingly.

I've added: FREE webinars, Conferences, Education opportunities
Single day events are usually FREE
Conferences (multi day events) have registration fees

Please send me an email/ IM on Facebook if you have an event you want me to add to the calendar or if you find a mistake. This is a free service.

Calendar for virtual webinars and conferences in the Genealogy world

Organizational  codes: 

APG - Association of Professional Genealogists
BYU - Brigham Young University
FGS - Federation of Genealogical Societies
FHL - Family History Library
FSGS - Florida State Genealogical Society
GAGS - Georgia Genealogical Society
ISGS - Illinois Genealogical Society
LFTW - Legacy Family Tree Webinar
MNGS - Minnesota Genealogical Society
MYRTL - Dear Myrtle Hangout
NA-UK - National Archives UK
NEGHS - New England Historic Genealogical Society
OGS - Ontario Genealogical Society
SBCGS - Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
SCGS - Southern California genealogical society
UGA- Utah Genealgical Association
USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
WGS -  Wisconsin Genealogical Society

FEES involved
ALL conferences
GRIP - Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
VIGR - Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research
SLIG -  Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

The link to the google calendar is

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kentucky Hollars

Kentucky Bound

Every year my beautiful daughter and I go on a trip for her spring break.  One week of genealogy research in some place our ancestors lived or somewhere there are lots of records.

In 2015 and 2016 we went to DC. Both were amazing trips and we enjoyed ourselves and found lots of neat information on our families.  She is researching her father's line (FILIPEK, BUCKHOLZ, DAY, ZEMPEL) While I focus on my father's line (DEBE, PEQUETTE, CULVER, HAYDEN)

During our 2016 trip, we discovered the DAY line was in Kentucky, so we planned the 2017 trip to go to Kentucky.

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Kentucky map

We drove from Charlotte, NC to Frankfort the capital of Kentucky.  Now Frankfort isn't what most would consider a Capital city, but rather a quaint, small town, full of friendly people.  There were no tall buildings, traffic jams, or lack of parking. 

We stayed at the Blue Grass inn while we were there.  Now the hotel is a small town hotel, so its not the Ritz or even a Holiday inn or Marriott, but it did the job we needed.  There was hot water, a bed, a desk, fridge, and microwave and FREE continental breakfast including waffles.  The staff was amazing, and they have  a coupon in the Hotels book you get at the rest stops.  However you do need a coupon for each night you are staying.

We went to the Kentucky Historical Library every day from the time it opened until they threw us out.  My daughter found many DAY families in the area.  We looked through the stacks, microfilm and their vertical files, and made copies of everything we found.  The staff was amazing.  Being the library was closed Sunday through Wednesday, we went to the cemetery on Sunday and went to the KDLA on Monday and Tuesday,  

Our adventure started on Sunday at the cemetery, and all week Monday - Friday inside looking at books and microfilm.  By Friday night we were "libraried out".  We decided to check out early Saturday morning and travel out to the Hollars of several counties to find the cemeteries where the DAYs were buried and then head home to NC via Virginia, being an impending snow storm was due to hit Asheville, NC on Sunday morning. (I wasn't keen on driving through a snow storm to get home.) 

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Abandoned building next to Hogtown Cemetery
Our first stop was Hogtown Cemetery in Rowan County. The building in the photo is right next to the cemetery road sign so it was pretty easy to find the road...until we turned up the road.  We traveled about 50 feet, and the road split to the right, and it was a gravel road, and went behind some more abandoned buildings and I think to a house.. Option 2 was up a STEEP paved road, and when I say STEEP, it seemed to be at a 45-60 degree angle,  It was something I was not comfortable driving up in my little Hyundai.  I parked my car in the middle of this "road" and we walked up that steep hill.  I have a photo of the hill somewhere, but can't put my finger on it at the moment.

Hogtown cemetery street sign

Needless to say, by the time we got to the top, it took about 10 minutes to catch our breath, The terrain flattened out and we could see for miles.  Absolutely gorgeous.  As a volunteer for Find A Grave, I began searching for those who needed photos taken and started taking photos, as my daughter looked for the DAY names she had collected.  They were all in one section, but the sun on that plateau made photographing them a bit tricky, and our reflectors were down in the car, and I was not walking back up that incline once I went back down so we made due.

I thought to myself, if this is what country Kentucky cemeteries were like, I didn't think we would have any issues with the other cemeteries we were looking for, boy was I wrong!!!!

After leaving Rowan County we traveled to Morgan county, where there were six different DAY cemeteries.  The directions on Find a grave were spotty at best. Here are the directions: Middle Fork on Highway 589.  That's it.  Looking at a map there is not town called Middle Fork, no road called Middle Fork, but lo and behold there is a Creek called Middle Fork....progress...


Middle fork runs the ENTIRE LENGTH of Highway 589....  Thankfully 589 isn't very long, and one of the other cemeteries was at one end of the highway and another cemetery at the other end.  

The cemetery we were looking for has 8 graves in it, and has a photo of the cemetery...the same cemetery photo that all of the other 5 DAY cemeteries have, so no help.  We turn to the locals.

A local florist shop called around to find where it was, but to no avail.  The funeral homes were closed, and the town offices were also closed.  Then we stopped at a gas station, where the clerk stated he knew the EXACT location of this cemetery and gave directions.

When we hit highway 589, I realized we were no longer in Kansas.  We lost our GPS and the phone signal, thank goodness I had everything printed out and we had a map of the state that I picked up at the rest stop.  

Driving down this 7 mile stretch of road, there was a cemetery on every hilltop, about every half mile.  We went to the end as the clerk told us, and took a right then a left, down a dirt road with trailers and houses on either side, we passed a home with one or 2 stones in it, and then we came to another fork.  The left seemed to go up a hill to someone's drive way, and to the right another hill like Hogtown, except it wasn't paved, and it was more like 65-75% incline.  I was not attempting to take my baby up that hill, so my daughter got out to walk up the hill as there was a flag pole at the top.  As she got out we heard gun shots, not a good sign.  I made her wear a bright pink jacket over her camo jacket so she wouldn't be mistaken for whatever some one was shooting at.

I realized we were in the Hollars of Kentucky. It was a narrow valley between 2 large land masses and we couldn't see over either one.

I turned the car around to go talk to some gentlemen who were outside and discovered they were the ones shooting the gun.  At least I knew my baby would be somewhat safe on her trek up the hill. Unfortunately these guys didn't have any clue where the cemetery was at. I went back to get my daughter who had descended from the hilltop, and reported yes a cemetery was up there but it had more than 8 graves in it, not the DAY cemetery we wanted.

It was almost 5 pm and we decided to do more research to try and find the cemetery for another trip. It was dark by the time we left the Eastern mountains of Kentucky, but it was beautiful country and we cant wait to go back.

If anyone has info on this particular DAY cemetery in Morgan County, I'd love to get GPS coordinates or even some photos from the actual cemetery.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Genealogy Societies

A one stop list of genealogical societies

This post will be a work in progress.  I'll be adding links to the State genealogy societies, Historical societies as well as the societies that are not tied to any particular state.

If you want me to add one not listed, send me an email or message on Face book.

State Genealogy Societies 


State Historical Societies

AlabamaIllinoisMontanaRhode Island
AlaskaIndianaNebraskaSouth Carolina
ArizonaIowaNevadaSouth Dakota
ArkansasKansasNew HampshireTexas
CaliforniaKentuckyNew JerseyTennessee
ColoradoLouisianaNew MexicoUtah
ConnecticutMaineNew YorkVermont
DelawareMarylandNorth CarolinaVirginia
DCMassachusettsNorth DakotaWashington
FloridaMichiganOhioWest Virginia

Training / Certification

Other Societies

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Smells from the Past


Back in December, I decided to go to the 2017 NGS Conference in Raleigh NC.  So I started my check list:
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  • Get time off work (check)
  • Research and book a hotel (check)
  • Check out the area to see what's available. (check)

I've lived in Charlotte for 20 years, and I may have been to downtown Raleigh ONCE, and that was via the train over 16  years ago.  It really is sad, that I've not visited the capitol city more often. However, after my recent trip I can say I will be back with out a doubt.

So fast forward to the last two weeks of registration for the conference.  I'm sitting on my couch, and I smell the distinct odor of cigarette smoke.  Stinky and nasty, and even a bit nauseating. But then I do hve a very sensitive nose, and have never been able to endure the smell of cigarette smoke.

I look out my window, to see if someone is smoking outside. Nope, no one is there. This continues two or three times every day, at random times, throughout my home. I can't figure out where it is coming from, but I wish it would go away.

With two or three days left before registration closes, I go looking for my hotel reservation.  I can't find it.  I look in the email folders, I run a key word search for reservation, hotel, Raleigh...nothing.  I check my other email accounts, nada, zip, zero, and zilch..  I even go so far as to start calling hotels looking for my reservation.  See in my old age, I couldn't remember which hotel I booked!   So I called the ones I usually book, Red roof, nope no reservation. Comfort Inn (3 locations) no reservation. 

Of course this close to the event, and with graduations happening,  all hotels are booked, unless I want to stay in Durham and drive in every day.  So I make a post on a few Face book groups, hoping some one might be looking for a room mate to cut some costs. Or maybe I just won't go... and the smell comes back, and it seems to be stronger.

All my life my family has had weird and unexplained things happen, many I will eventually blog about, as time I start racking my brain of who would be "visiting" me with that smell.  I run through the list of names of family that has past, and no one "jumps out" as a good candidate.

So I talk to the smell when it appears again.   I don't know who you are, and I'd love to help you, but you need to let me know what it is you want me to do, so I can help you, because you are killing me with the smoke smell.

That night I get a reply to my request for a room mate, (registration is closing the next day) and as we are discussing options, I find a cute one bedroom apartment for less than the hotel room, within walking distance of the convention center.  My future roommate agrees to go in half with me on the apartment, but keep her hotel room as a back up. So I register for the conference, my first one.  I'm so excited, and I get the apartment booked.

The cigarette smell comes back, and some days it just doesn't seem to go away.  I'm beginning to think I'll never be rid of it, but I continue to prepare for my trip to Raleigh, including printing off a few look ups for find a grave.  See, when I travel, I always check out local cemeteries, and take photos for Find a grave.  I enjoy walking the cemeteries, looking at the old stones, and honoring the memories of those who have past.

I found 2 cemeteries, one in Raleigh proper, and one right down the road from where I was going to be staying.  My plan was to go there on Tuesday before I met and picked up my roommate at the airport, but sleep prevailed, and I didn't make it to the cemetery Tuesday morning.  I was hoping to get there after picking up my registration packet, Tuesday afternoon, but dinner plans delayed our return to the apartment and then it was too late to go.  Wednesday and Thursday also proved to be bad days as other events took top priority.

Lennies Jeffreys tombstone
Lennies Jeffreys tombstone
I decided Friday would be the day.  My roommate was going to the banquet, and I'd be able to get to the cemetery and take some photos. Friday afternoon, it is chilly out, but I get to the cemetery.  I drive to a section in the back of the cemetery and start to wander.  I have the Find a grave app on my phone, and it helped me to get my bearings.  I found a grave (finally) and took a few photos.  I got in my car, and started driving along the back side of the cemetery.

This particular cemetery had 37 requests so I started scanning and calling out the names I saw on the stones.  Smith, Jones, Hayward, Jeffreys...Hayward???  That was on the list.  I go up a ways and turn around, and come back to the spot where Hayward was at...Go to the stone and take a few photos.  The Jeffreys on the stone is spelt different that the request Jefferies, so I'm thinking this isn't the same person...WRONG..... it is him, Lennies Jeffreys...I took a couple of photos.

I found another Jefferies request, but this one was plot 44 and Lennies was in plot 958, and it was getting colder, so I spoke to the "other Jefferies" and said "Sorry dude, you're going to have to wait for another day." As I drove out of the cemetery I kept looking at the stones, and thinking, just one more, I need to photograph just one more...

Here is a map to show the general locations of the 2 plots. LJ was in the upper flats area, (top of the map) an WJ was in the pipeline area. on the left of the map.

After Saturday's sessions ended, I went back to the cemetery, and went to a totally different section of the cemetery, on the left side of the map.  I took several photos, and while "mowing the rows", who should I find???  the other Jefferies that I was looking for on Friday, on the back side of the cemetery.  What are the chances???  This cemetery is HUGE, how is it that I find one tombstone on Friday, and then in a totally different section of the cemetery I find the other tombstone of the same surname?  Spooky!!!!! 

William Ashley Jefferies tombstone
So I talked to him.  Yes I do that a lot, but I believe our love ones who have past are still with us.  I said, "Well hello Mr. Jefferies, looks like I found you.  Thank you for helping me find your final resting place."
 I took a photo, and then, as i turned to go to the next plot, I smelled the same cigarette smoke I had been smelling for the past few weeks in my home in Charlotte.

Ive been home for 4 days....and I haven't smelled the cigarette smoke since that day in the cemetery.

I'd love to find out if Mr. Jefferies smoked while he was on this earth, as I believe he was the one visiting me, and leading me to find him, and photograph him for his family.

Monday, January 30, 2017

My DNA Journey (part 3)

So Im adopted (part 3)

I told my dad's sister about my thoughts of Lee being my real dad, and she stated, he was so happy when I came home from the hospital, and she had never seen him so happy.  It helped to add and bolster my idea of him being my real father.

I talked her into taking the DNA test.  I am the manager of her test and after 8 weeks at Ancestry, the results were in...

She and I were NOT related...Lee was just my adopted dad, and not my blood... square one again.

Now,  I've been doing genealogy since I was 17.   I have always loved puzzles and mysteries, and I was going to solve them. At 17 I had a few mysteries to find

1.  Who was my real parents
2.  Where are my adopted mom's girls (4 in all)

All I could research was my adopted line, and so I poured my heart and soul into it.  I used FTM, back when Broderband owned it.  I had all the disks, I used ancestry, roots web, message boards, etc.

I had a good tree at this point, and I had a major brick wall.  It was Margaret Schneider, wife of my 2nd great grand father.  Her marriage certificate had her name and my 2nd great grand father Jacob Debe on it. That was it.  No parents names no siblings, nothing.

So I searched, and searched and searched.  I looked through every single page of every census in Massillon, Ohio and there was no Margaret Schneider. This woman was my brick wall.

This became #3 on my list of mysteries.  I figured I would never find out about her or her family.  The line had stopped.  I searched for over 20 years and nothing.


Remember my dad's sister who took the DNA test?  Well I got an email in 2016 from a DNA match on her DNA.  I looked at the DNA matches on ancestry, and found the only name they matched on was Schneider.  Schneider?  My 2nd Great grandma on my adopted tree?  So I looked further and all she had on her tree was a Philip Schneider, no Margaret.

We emailed back and forth, and I told her I had a Margaret Schneider, and that her last name was where the DNA matched.  She stated Philip had a sister named Margaret.  OK, my hope is building...

She looks through her handwritten papers given to her from a family member, and a few days later she tells me she has found an entry stating Philip's sister Margaret married a man named Jacob Debe.

The brick wall came tumbling down...I found my Margaret's family (adopted or not) I had been searching for her for 30 years, she was my family.

I only wish my dad were alive to know I broke down the brick wall.

So I continue researching in 2017, with a new found hope to break down more brick walls, as I build a list of other relatives to test to move further in my research.

will be linked after articles post

part 1
part 2

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Acronyms of the Genealogy world


I'm compiling a list of Genealogy acronyms.  Some may be familiar to you, others you may exclaim "SAY WHAT?"

When working on your genealogy, it is best to stick with known acronyms and not make up your own.  One should also spell out the abbreviations in the notes in case others don't know what it means, and in case you, yourself forget what the abbreviation means.

So take this test short quiz (don't worry its not graded) to see which ones you know.  I'll explain them all below the quiz.  There is a longer list of acronyms at this website:


answers are below


AFNAncestral File Number
BSOBright Shiny ObjectA distraction
CODCodicil of a willor is it cash on delivery
COLCOLoredor is it collections
COLLCOLLegeor is it collage
DOBdate of birth
DODdate of death
DOMdate of marriage
GEDGedcomor General education diploma
NEEmaiden name
NMNNo middle nameno married name
SICthus, as writtenill

Now this list is not all inclusive, nor may the acronyms mean what I have here, remeber I took it all from one website.

The one that really bugs me is the NMN, as many use that for maiden name, but I grew up with a parent who didn't have a middle name and  they always put NMN for her middle name.  Am I right? It depends on who you ask.

What this tells us, is depending on your education, where you grew up, how old you are, etc, etc, different abbreviations mean different things to everyone.  So, rather than have your ancestor guessing at what you meant, take a few extra moments and spell it out, or at lease leave a key to decipher your "shorthand".

How many times do we read old census records or wills and say to our self "SAY WHAT??"

Monday, January 23, 2017

My DNA journey (part 2)

So I'm adopted (part 2)

Last week I talked bout being adopted and taking the ancestry test.

Here's the back story:

My adopted mom had been married prior to marrying my adopted father.  according to her (remember there are 3 sides to every story (his side, her side and the truth)  All I had was her side...

Her ex was powerful, and threatened her with all kinds of things, and to a young 22 year old, she was scared, so she let him take her girls (2 of them) and she never saw them again.  She would tell me stories all the time abut the girls and how she wanted to find them, well this was back in the 70s and 80s and searching for people was harder then than it is now.  But that didn't stop me.

While I looked for my real parents, I also looked secretly for her girls.  I had a few leads, but they were dead ends... My mom died in 1989, and I continued to look, scouring message boards on Ancestry, and roots web.  sending emails, and looking through records...NOTHING....

Fast forward to 2005 or so, and I get an email form a cousin who states she found the girls.  So I tell my older "sister" remember she is my adopted mom's daughter an probably no blood relation to me unless.....

Well in 2012 she offers to have us all (her, her sister and me) take a DNA test and she is going to pay for it.  This will prove if I am really part of the family or if I am just the "adopted daughter" of Jean.

So the DNA test was sent in, and 6-8 weeks later,  the results are DNA match to my 2 sisters from my adopted mom.  So there goes the theory that I belongs to one of Jean's sisters.  But my "sisters" both said, we don't care what the DNA says, you are still our sister. 

I questioned my father, Lee, many times and he would just say I don't know, your mother handled the whole thing.  I believed him, as she was the one who handled everything in the family.

I questioned aunts on both sides, and every claimed to know nothing, so I was back to square one.

In 2011,  I lost my father.  He was my last hope of getting any info on my birth family.  But his determination to not tell me anything, made me question (at 48 years old) if he was really my birth father, and one of my childhood fantasies were really true.

Next week the continuation of my DNA story and what I find...

will be linked after articles post

part 1
part 3

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A genealogist is born

Can you help me find out about my Grandfather?

The following story is true, but the names are changed to protect the living.

One night, I was at work, and it was slow, so I was doing some genealogy work on my pc (shhh don't tell the boss)

Well the boss (let's call him Leroy), walks by, and we start talking about genealogy, and how I found my birth family last year.  Well he starts telling me about his family, and how he has all this info on his mom's side, as he grew up knowing her family. Then we get to his father, and well his dad (Lucas), didn't really know his dad (my boss's grandfather).  He asked if I thought I could find out anything about his grandfather.

I was up- to the task, so I asked for his dad's name and date/place of birth and his grandmother's name (his dad's mom).  He wrote it down and away I went.

Within minutes, I had Leroy's dad's birth information, including Leroy's grandfather's name (Charlie). I found both Leroy's grandfather Charlie and his brother, Clifton (with same parents) had ww2 draft records. I then looked on the census records, and found Charlie and Clifton with their parents, Moses and Jane.

Marriage records were searched, more census records, and more names, Frank, Henry, Paul, Lewis, George and Peter.

Within a few hours, and of course between doing my work, I had my boss's family back 10 generations. His family owned property back then, and most all had served in some war, from WWII  back to the civil war and the revolutionary war.  

I took the info to my boss, and he was floored!!!  He asked "you got all that from my dad's name and date of birth?  I told him yes, and while I didn't create a tree for him, I only had my paper notes, I did share the documents I found with him.

Leroy is going to talk to his dad, to see if he is at all interested and may get me to help him further if he needs it.

  Below is the line from Leroy to his 7x great grandfather...

Charlie  ----- Clifton


I hope Leroy continues the search, and not only shares it with his father, but also his children, so they can know their heritage and that they come from a long line of men, who fought for the country they call home.

Monday, January 16, 2017

My DNA journey

So I'm adopted.  I've known it since I was 7 years old.

The story was this:

My mom got pregnant on her wedding night, and my father said I wasn't his, and he left her.  She had another child who needed her more and she didn't want to see me go with out, so she gave me away.

My adopted mom never (or so she thought) gave me any inkling as to the identity of my father, and I only got tidbits of info on my adopted mother. So my brain went on wild fantasy ideas of where I came from.

I had the idea I was really a child of one of my aunts (adopted mom's sisters),
I was really my adopted father's child who he had with another woman, as my adopted mom couldn't have kids,
I fell from outer space,
I was stolen as a child,

You name it I thought of it.  I had an active imagination.

Fast forward to 2015, and the DNA explosion...

I took the test, and well I didn't belong to my adopted mom's side of the family...dang

Now to find out where I did come from....

And this began my DNA search for my family....

Watch my blog for everything I found from a little bit of spit....

Until next time

will be linked after articles post

part 2
part 3