My wife and I adopted my daughter shortly after her birth. We have always answered her questions and she has known from a very early age that she has two mommies and two daddies. She is now in her late twenties and has children of her own.
My daughter took a DNA test. She has been more interested in the science aspect than the genealogy aspect of DNA testing. That may have changed.
An individual, who said they are possibly related, contacted her this past week. The individual had recently received the results of their DNA test. The DNA company evaluation show them as “close relatives.”
The two of them have now communicated by text, cell phone and social media.
Comparing their family histories, their DNA, and their limited knowledge of their birth parents, they have determined they are half-brother and half-sister.
My daughter now has another relation that neither she (nor I) knew about.
Have you tested with a DNA company? Are you seeking other currently unknown relations?
You may have success similar to my daughter.

*** CAUTION – Privacy is a real concern.  When considering testing with any company Read the Terms and Conditions so that you are fully aware of their policies and your rights. ***

Good Hunting!

They Are the Reason

Four people are Primarily responsible for my introduction and subsequent enthusiasm for family history.

Grace Smiley Coleman (1904-1997)

My grandmother Coleman rocked me to sleep as a small boy telling tales of my Coleman / Smiley / Robbins ancestry. As I grew, she would show me landmarks, cemeteries and take me to meet my living relatives who were part of her youth and early marriage.

John (Jack) Huggans

Cousin Jack started family history research well before I became interested in recording my family tree. His research was instrumental in providing the enthusiasm I now enjoy.

Vesta Louise Huggans Fugate (1906-1991)

I wrote to my grandmothers in the spring of 1976 for my family tree information. I had every confidence that my grandmother Coleman would provide generations to start my Coleman branch. My grandmother Fugate had always replied to my inquiries, “What do you want to know about them for? They are dead.” So with a strong hope and lots of prayers, I sought any information she might provide. I hoped I could receive her parents’ information at least.

My letter to Gram Fugate arrived just before she was to leave to visit Aunt Martha.

Mary Margaret Young Huggans (1910-1984)

She took the letter with her and showed it to Aunt Martha.

Jack Huggans was moving and had asked his mother to care for his family history. Aunt Martha drew out the two family pedigrees – Fugate and Huggans. I cried tears of joy as I opened the letter from Gram Fugate. I now had a wonderful guide to begin my own research.

From these individuals I owe my enthusiasm and desire to seek out my kindred dead.

May you have success in your search and research.

Good Hunting!

The Journey Begins

Actually the journey has transferred.  I am now concentrating on publishing my family history stories and research successes and failures. I hope that my blogs will both 1) bring in additional cousins and 2) assist friends, fellow family historians and genealogists in their own research.  May we all work together in a friendly exchange of material and research as we seek out our ancestors.

Good Hunting!