Not your normal 52 weeks of genealogy, at all

You have probably read one of my earlier blogs about 52 weeks of Genealogy. It is here if you want to read it again2017-09-02 16.22.26 
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I see on there is a published book of 52 weeks of Genealogy52weeksbook


     So why would I think that you would want another chore of another 52 weeks of Genealogy? Do I think you need something to do every year? No! Do I think you don’t have great ideas on your own? No, you have amazing ideas!

This 52 weeks of Genealogy is a different way of thinking.
(and it only takes 12 weeks, once each month,  you can start anytime you want to)

It is a personal journey of your own for the questions you, have or the answers you seek, or the things that you want to share with your family but not just yet-you need to organize them or make sure they are correct or you still have more research on them that you want to do.

So let’s go through this together.
Searching family history is never a one person job.
The historians, librarians, city clerks, archivists, web designers, bloggers, genealogists, families sharing their information on their family line for others to see all help us follow the correct path to
how we got to be where we are right here and right now.

1. Week one – Who What Why How week, what is the one thing or who is the one person that you keep coming back to and can’t seem to get any further in your research, and why do you think this is.
2. Week two – Where do you keep all of this stuff week, Do you have a website or software program that you keep all of your Pedigree line in? Do you include photos when available? Do you add the source of all information? A storage locker, a safe, the closet?
3. Week three – Geography week, Where are the places your ancestors lived? To make it consistent, start with births, and start with where you were born, then your siblings, then your parents, your grandparents, your great grandparents and so on. This can be fun to map it out by dates, or just color in a world map or have your kids or grandkids or nieces and nephews color it with you.
4. Week four – Perhaps week, Perhaps you don’t have any of this information. Perhaps you are an only child and have been adopted then what? Don’t give up, take a DNA test, there are a few out there. Family Tree DNA gives you a wide variety of choices, helps you connect right away with distant cousins or even closer if there are matches. 23andme has genetic medical info in theirs. Research them all to see what best fits for you.
Already have taken a test? See what more information you can find out with your results. If it has been awhile you might have some new surprises, or not. Or perhaps it is time to take a different test to search for other possibilities
5. Week five – Why week, This might be a tough one, or it might be the easiest one. Why do want to know about your family tree? Was it one event that sparked your interest? Was it family stories that you wanted to know more about or find out if they were even true? Could it have been a letter, or newspaper article, or document that you discovered? Possibly you have been told you act or look just like a distant relative and you just wanted to find out more about them? Did someone say something and it gripped you or made you think, wait?, what was that? Whatever the reason might be, write it down. Tell your story of why you are researching your family. Start with what you can remember about the first time you thought about finding our more about your family’s history.
6. Week six – For others, Who do you want to pass this information to. Who do you want to tell your story to? People you know, or family, or donate to a library or other institution? Now is the time to talk with them and to find out the best method currently for preserving what you do have. Remember that video or audio tapes have magnetic lifetimes that are running out of time. Digitize those asap.
7. Week seven – Digital week, This would be a good time to archive and preserve any and all of those items that are paper, photographs, tapes, and so on. Here are some suggestions:
~Go to your local historical society and ask them how to preserve what you have-Don’t take what you have until they ask you too.
~Look online or in your art store or at your office supply store for Archival paper, folders, holders and so on. Let them know what you have, make sure it is Archival quality, not just regular every day use
8. Week eight – Take a break week, You have been working on your own family’s history/genealogy/pedigree and now you may need to just step back and say, whew! What do some of the other family members want to know? What are questions that friends have been asking about their own family lines? Maybe there is a book or a website or a place you have been wanting to read or find out more about or go visit. Take the time to do this. It is good to breathe and step back and rejuvenate yourself.
9. Week nine- Now that that is done, where do you really want to go week, Have you made progress on your family tree? Is there something specific you want to search out? Are you just trudging along and adding things without really doing your research? It is important to make sure your line is just that, your line, and not someone else’s. It can happen and all that work you have gone to – it is not wasted! Really! If you can, put it in a different folder or file or on the software – under a different name. Someone else may be hitting some brick walls -aka- can’t find any information and you may have just what they need to find their family.
10. Week ten – Photo week, You might be asking, “Why have a week just for this, especially after archiving the photos that I just did in the previous week?” Excellent question!
Maybe, you don’t have much room in your house, that is okay. Maybe, you have many empty walls that need photographs displayed on them, that is okay. Maybe, you have a dresser, or buffet, or table, or other piece of furniture that just has to have photos displayed on it, that is okay, too. Whatever your situation, This would be a good week to make a chart of photos of your family lines. If you stated this in January, this is October and Halloween, so if you don’t have photos, perhaps you have a photo of the headstone of the person? It is a visual connection to that person for those looking at it. Perhaps a census record, marriage record or so on.
11. Week eleven – Connect with other humans week, It’s time to call relatives and talk, let them know what you have been doing, ask questions you have been wanting to ask, but keep it gentle, accept that there may be those who don’t want to talk or who can’t talk at the moment but will be able to talk later and set a date and time to talk. Keep it brief, set a timer if you need to. Talk to many relatives, write letters, see them in person if you are close enough, take a little day trip to those who are close but still further away. Most of all, listen. Listen to them talk. Maybe they have questions for you, things that you might have discovered and didn’t realize they were wanting to know about too. They might tell about family medical issues that they or another member had/have. They might talk about a family member that you knew little about. Maybe they just have a story about something that happened when they were kids or that their parents told them about life. You can learn so much from each other.
12. Week twelveWrite a book/story week, Wait! Don’t Panic! It’s not a book you are going to publish, you can take it to the local office supply store or printers. If you have a copy machine in your home or office that you can use, print it there. You have just complete an amazing amount of family history, put it together in a book for you, or for others if you wish. Many of the software programs have the capability to create a story. Perhaps just a few short stories, one at a time, of your findings, or stories you have uncovered.

Bonus week! – Get Creative week, Create a calendar, put all the birthdates of all of your ancestors
• keep it simple – this helps to stay more accurate
• again, start with you, then your siblings and so on
• use MS Excel or another program you are familiar with, perhaps your ancestry software program already can do this for you.
• You can be a little creative – have a first name only with the month and date
• If you want the year they were born, perhaps a first name and the year in the month and on the day
• Okay, you can see how this could get very complicated
• Perhaps use color coding for if they are on your fathers line, or on your mothers line


Send me an email or write in the comments area, and let me know how it is going. Is this something you like to do? If you took this journey, what did you discover?




Thank to these websites for use of their photos:,,,

Games, Fun, and Family

Yes, You can have all three at the same time!


(can you tell I enjoy playing games with my family)


Did your family play card games? Did they play outdoor games? Perhaps their games were sports or puzzles or practical jokes on each other! Whatever types of games you play with family, it is good to share and laugh and enjoy your time here on earth with each other.

The background for this blog today:

We are having our 2nd family reunion. Just our immediate family. Everyone is older now, with kids, and us parents are getting older. This year we flew our youngest’s family here for a family/moving/anniversary get together. With everyone growing up and living further apart, this may be the last time we can get together in a very long time, if ever.

We have just 2 hours to say hi, take photos, eat cake and get in all the visiting and hugs. Then we move out-of-state, our youngest’s family goes back home (out-of-state) and the grandchildren will keep growing older and living life as they choose.

Everything is already packed and moved to our new place, so what do the little ones do? empty roomGrandmaGapAha!, I just received in the mail the new Zap the Grandma Gap books, and thumbing through them I saw the title Family games.

Here is what I came up with:

Genealogy Map Game

Keeping it simple, [I printed everything in Black and White] I looked online for a map of the world and printed it out on 8×10 paper. I printed a second one that had arrows on it from which country our ancestors came from and when they first landed in America.

Then I printed a map of the United States and a map of each of the states that their great-great grandparents were born in, their great grandparents, their grandparents, their parents and their spouses parents. It really isn’t that complicated. Many of them were born in the same state.

I then printed out enough maps of the United States of America for each of our grandchildren to have to take home and color.



Next I printed out a photo of each of these people, if I had namesone. For those that I had no photo of I wrote their name on paper. Then I cut out each photo in a circle and wrote their names on the back, and cut out the names written on paper in a circle too.

We have a big empty wall. What I am thinking is to use painters tape and tape each of these objects onto the wall, then when the game is finished, take a photo of it and our grandchildren, then remove the game from the wall. No damage and a fun memory while they learn about their family history.


How to play the game:  [You can change this up to fit your family]

What I want to do is have the two world maps up on the wall and very briefly explain that they have ancestors from different countries of the world who came to America, at different times some before America was even the United States of America, some after – and that they arrived in different places.

Next, I will put up the map of the United States and say that their parents and grandparents and even our parents and grandparents were born in different states.

At this time I will hand out to each grandchild a different state. They will each in turn put their state on the wall.

After this is completed, I take out the circle cut photos with first names and give one to each grandchild and have them guess who goes where. I have this already set up starting with the great-grandparents, stating that “Your great-great grandfather and grandmother – my grandparents were born in…”

“Your great-great grandfather – your grandpa’s grandpa- was born in …” and so on. If the couple was born in the same state, they are mentioned together.

Our grandchildren should know which state they were born in, so this can be talked about with their parents at a different time.


[For a copy of this game (pictured above), you are welcome to email me and ask for one.]

When all of this is done, there is a prize at the end!

I have had some throw blankets made for each of our children’s families and tell them that if they ever need a hug from grandma or grandpa they just need to wrap up in the blanket and remember we love them and get their hug as if we are there – and best of all, your whole family can wrap up in it together!

Well, this is the idea, I will let you know how it turns out.

Happy memory making with your family!


Thank you to the following for use of their photos, (in no particular order):














Can you find your deep family history by watching T.V. ?

I am just about to watch a show called “Finding Your Roots”. It’s about the questions and findings of famous people, not about Finding Your family history. Wait! Can we find our roots by watching it?
That’s the question I gave you in the title, “Can you find your own family history by watching T.V., programs like Finding Your Roots, Who Do You Think You Are, and Genealogy Road show, to name three.
I am going to watch a show and comment here with information I gleaned from watching T.V. i.e. Finding Your Roots, titled Unfamiliar Kin, Season 4 Episode 2 watched today: 10 October 2017.

Here we go:

What I first notice in the introduction, is the reactions each of the three celebrities, Fred Armisen, Carly Simon and Christopher Walken, the same reactions you and I would probably have. This makes us curious to see what the genealogists found and how they went about it.


Fred Armisen is shocked by the findings, Carly Simon wants to know why her relative never told her the information discovered about her ancestors- if she knew about it, and Christopher Walken shows that overwhelming feeling when you are first given your family history.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr is the narrator and the first quote I get from him is:
fundamental fact about human nature:
That who we are is as much about how we choose to define ourselves,
as it is about our biological origins


Tools used:


– combed through the paper trail, left by their ancestors

20171010_213956  – utilized the latest advances in genetic analysis

Book of Life


– compilation or record of all of their discoveries

[I won’t go into their personal history, but will mention the places and items used that we can also use if that is where our story leads us]

The show begins with actor Christopher Walken.
Most notably beginning with “The Deer Hunter”,  he portrays intense and strange characters for which he has become famous, but that is not how he defines himself as a person. Christopher2His Immigrant Mother wanted a career on stage. (This is the first clue, his mother was not born in America.)

The next guest isCarly2 Singer/Songwriter Carly Simon whose talent surfaced almost by accident. She came from a singing family.

The third guest is comedian Fred Armesin.Fred2
He states, “Dictators are so transparent in how broken they are, with the medals, that to me they seem like little kids.” He wanted to be a musician as he was growing up.

“Each [celebrity]had close ancestors that embraced radical life changes, in some cases leaving their relatives who they really were”, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


ChristopherChristopher’s mother was an immigrant from Scotland. He knew almost nothing about her life there. She had a powerful attachment to her homeland although she never went back. She was proud of her heritage, and had a very strong accent.

1st picture- where his mother grew up, “she never talked about it”, Christopher said. He had heard from other people that it was a tough part of town. Glasgow’s industrial center which had gangs and poverty.
So what can we learn from this?

1. find the town where she grew up (or the person you are looking for)
2. find the history of the time period that she was living there (or the person you are looking for)
3. What time period did she live there? (or the person you are looking for)
4. When did she leave, and how old was she- we know that she was an immigrant from Scotland(or the person you are looking for)
5. how did she immigrate? Is there still a ships manifest for that trip?
(or for the person you are looking for)
6. did anyone go with her? (or the person you are looking for)
Christopher states he did not know who her father was. The man he called his grandfather, he understood was not really his grandfather. So, he does not know who his mothers’ father is.

Research- [*actual genealogical research on the show]
1. Find birth records of his mother in Glasgow, Scotland (or the person you are looking for)
2. Find newspapers for the area and time his mother lived there
(or the person you are looking for)
3. *National Archives of Scotland – but there was a road block, even though there was a birth record. The birth record stated that she was illegitimate.
4. *on micro fish/microfilm,

*in 1935, just months before her wedding, Rosalie requested that a new birth certificate be issued back in Scotland. This new certificate contained the name we were looking for.

Confusing findings-
Why didn’t Rosalie tell Christopher about her father. Why did she have a different maiden name than her father’s last name?

2nd photograph – a mug shot of his grandfather
(He’s a Boyo- a Scottish term for a rough neck – Christopher tells us)
5. *court records – in 1883
6. *Pentonville Prison – more records to find – Is there anything special about this prison? Yes, it was a rehabilitation prison, but how did they do this? Was Isolation the only treatment?
7. *then he was sent to another prison in Dorset, England. Find more information about the prison and about him. Now we are building a time line.

8. When was he released from prison? What was life like after prison?

CarlyCarly Simon had a mystery:
When we asked my grandmother about her background she said “When it comes to my history, when I die you will find nothing, nothing.” “[I guess she didn’t understand about genealogists]



Research- What Carly was told about her grandmother
1. Her grandmother was born in Valencia Spain, the illegitimate daughter of the king and his Moorish slave.
2. Sent to a convent in England to be educated
3. Raised by a foster family in Cuba
4. None of it was true, no facts could have been discovered

Research- What facts were actually found
1. *go to the marriage record of her grandmother and grandfather.
2. *the record has the birthplace and father and mother’s maiden name
3. *maiden name – leads to a passenger list of a ship that arrived from Cuba in 1892
4. *ship carried a family name that was very similar to her maiden name

1. one story was that her grandmother was given to a women named Asuncion
2. *Sunsia is an abbreviation of the name Asuncion
3. *Sunsia was on the passenger list, she was her grandmothers older sister

1. *other documents show that Carly’s grandmother was 4 when her mother was 50 on the passenger list,
2. *1900 census, the ages are 11 and 60.
3. *its possible that she had her at 49 years old, more questions: adopted, foster, birth?
4. DNA – 3 women were found that had descended from Maria and do they match Carly?
5. *Yes and it is possible that another daughter Lauriana was her birth mother
6. Lauriana was just shy of 15 when she could have been born.

1st photo – Lauriana, looks exactly like Carly’s grandmother

[Now where did the photo come from? possibly one of the distant relatives of Carly that were DNA tested, I am just guessing here]

FredFred Armisen had questions about his father’s father.
Fred’s father was born in Germany in 1941, the child of a woman and a professional dancer from Japan. The couple never married or stayed together very long. Very limited contact with him. It’s been difficult to get any depth in this line.


1. Go to Japan and see what you can find about this Japanese dancer
2. *our search began in Tokyo where his grandfather attended college and launched his career
3. *our researcher took photos at the Kuni memorial room in Tokyo
4. *there are dance notes, tickets for performances, scripts for plays

1. How did Kuni get to Nazi Germany and what did he do there
2. *photos of him dancing in Germany in the 1940’s
3. Japan and Germany were alliances during that time (what is the history at this time?)
4. Newspaper articles
5. *clippings and photos found
6. *Untied States Office of War Information, in the archives, (or the person you are looking for)
7. was this person a spy?

Henry Louis Gates Jr, states “My guests now had the answers they had been looking for. They had finally uncovered the secrets harbored by their grandparents.”
Then he adds, “But their journey wasn’t over” [it never is, it seems, ]
still unexplored branches on their tree, still more secrets to be revealed“.

ChristopherFor Christopher Walken, this meant looking towards his Father’s side of the tree.

Research –
1. What did his father do for a living?
2. What time period did this happen?
3. How did he react during the stock market?
4. “There was this level playing field, he came to America when everyone was having a hard time. He knew he was going to have a hard time, but so was everyone else. He was an example of “you work hard and you do well’ “.
5. *photo of his father’s store.

Research –
1. Where did his father grow up
2. Newspaper article from the time
3. *newspaper of the bakery and family
4. *Christopher’s great grandfather started the bakery business
5. immigration records

Research –
1. what happened to the family that stayed in Germany?
2. *Who were the Reserve Police?
3. find the history of the area, the history of the police

CarlyCarly’s grandmother was from Cuba, so we headed to Cuba
1. *Almost all vital records prior to 1880 are in individual churches, none of it is digitized and so it is extraordinarily labor intensive.
2. *Baptismal records
3. this will give information, status in society
4. *Pardos Libres means – is a description of status in society, “Free mixed-race people”
5. *this also means that they probably descended from slaves.
6. what was slavery like in the Cuban economy?
7. * in Cuba about 2 and1/2 times the number of African slaves shipped to the United States.
8. *DNA showed 10% African, sub-Saharan African ancestry (wow)

FredFred Armisen’s grandfather was discovered, now we went to find his roots
1. more archives, newspapers
2. written in Japanese so it needs to be translated to American
3. *in a newspaper article, we discover that he was Korean, not Japanese
4. *What is the complex history of his homeland?
5. *1923 massive earthquake
6. *Japanese newspaper reports
7. The tensions between Japanese and Korea exist today.
8. Kuni reinvented himself as a Japanese

1. *researches found family still living there
2. *the family was willing to talk and share information about the family
3. *a book, known as a Jokbo, contains the families genealogy. Traces the family back centuries,
4. *the book went back 63 generations, 69 B.C., the founding Monarch of Silla, one of the three kingdoms of ancient Korea

At the end of the show, a family tree chart was presented to each of the celebrities.

Fred traveled to Tokyo to see the Memorial of his grandfather.

So the next time you look for some of your family history, perhaps this will give you some ideas of where to look and to look in places you may not of thought of before. Our ancestors had their own lives to live, just as we do. What choices did they make and what was the circumstances around them as they made these choices? These people did not go on this journey by themselves, it took a team of researchers, historians, archivist, DNA experts, and family members, to name some, to help find the information and to help complete the story of their families.

These celebrities did not go on this journey by themselves, it took a team of researchers, historians, archivist, DNA experts, and family members, to name some, to help find the information and to help complete the story of their families.

You don’t have to do this alone, just start asking questions, especially if your family is from places further than your own local community.

Ask the questions, seek the answers.


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4 Ways to Organize Your …

Thanks to Denis Ledoux via LinkedIn for the helpful information:


  1. Chronology

Thank you to: Big Map Blog for the use of the photo of the Pony Express Route

2. Subject




4. Chronology and Theme





This was too funy, I wonder if our local ATM will be displaying a change in their language for the day? Don’t know if this is real or not, but what a surprise it would be!

Thanks to AdrianAshton2 for the photo

What would you take?

With all the wildfires and forest fires going on this August and September of 2017, many people are displaced from their homes, praying and wondering if they will have a home to go to when the fires have either burnt out on their own, or have been put out by the many firefighters and volunteers fighting the fires. Many people have had little notice to leave their homes, some are waiting to hear if they need to leave and to find a place to live until it is safe to come back to their homes, if their homes will even be there.


(This article gives a timeline of the fire)
“The Latest: Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire – The ……environment/…fire…/f7df5910-9298-11e7-8482-8d…
10 hours ago – The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Columbia River to all vessel traffic … has closed an interstate highway and forced hundreds to leave their homes. … People at the White River Campground are being encouraged to leave.”

“Washington residents on evacuation notice after fire jumps Columbia ……on…fire…columbia-river/471357268
13 hours ago – More than 100 people are at a shelter run by the Red Cross in Stevenson, Wash. … It’s pretty surreal but the view of as we were leaving the house which … from the Eagle Creek fire flew all the way across the Columbia River …”

“Eagle Creek fire grows overnight; rescue underway for hikers ……/eagle_creek_fire_grows_overnight_hikers_still_trapped.html
3 days ago – Gallery: Hikers trapped by Eagle Creek fire reunited with friends and family … trailhead, after a fire broke out near the popular Columbia River Gorge trail. … of Interstate 84 are being told to immediately leave their homes. … A portion of the Eagle Creek Trail had been closed for weeks due to another fire, the …”

“Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes West | The Columbian…/interstate-84-remains-closed-due-to-eagle-creek-fire/
13 hours ago – The Eagle Creek fire has been burning in the Columbia River Gorge since Sept. … to warn residents on the Oregon side of the river to leave their homes. … 84 was closed in both directions because of thick smoke and falling ash and … People living in about 700 homes in and around the Columbia River …”
It is not just here locally, but across the world, too:
“As many as 37,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes and are … because of wildfires in 2003, when more than 50,000 people were … B.C. wildfire resources ‘stretched’ as around 37,000 residents forced to … › News › Canada”
“Up to 40,000 people face being told to leave their homes as 34 high ……/40000-people-told-to-evacuate-grenfell-tower-fire/
Jun 26, 2017 – UP to 40000 people face being told to leave their homes over fire safety …”

Would you be prepared for a natural disaster?, an earthquake, a fire, a flood, a tornado? What would you take at a moment’s notice – besides your family and pets? Is “it” easily accessible to grab and go? Is “it” packed away somewhere?

Perhaps you have “it” in a safe so if you have to go, you don’t have to worry about it while you are gone? Perhaps “it” is in a storage unit somewhere that is not in danger, or burnt_gun-safe-300x225 9 Myths about Gun Safe Fire Ratings

Perhaps the storage unit is in danger, but you and your family are not?

When your health is on the line, do you even think about “it”, or have you prepared ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about “it” when emergencies do arise. Disasters are never comfortable to think about, but you have precious memories that need to be cared for . Now is the time to prepare and plan ahead to protect what you have, so you can share it with many generations of descendants. Pass along to them the ways in which they can be protected. So many documents, photos, letters, and items have been lost to fires and flooding because of no protection or little protection or of not understanding how to protect them. Now is the time to learn all you can, in an affordable and manageable way to protect your family treasures. You can contact your local genealogical society, museum, archival center, library or even search on-line for ways to best protect the items you have.


Air Quality is important too:

05, September 2017 AQ Level =271 Portland, Oregon area
“A Smoke Air Quality Alert has been issued. Wildfires burning in the
region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality to
reach unhealthy levels at times through Friday morning. For much of
the region, the worst conditions are expected to continue through the
day Tuesday, with some improvement through the middle part of the

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate
heart and lung diseases, and aggravate other serious health
problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it
is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung

More information about air quality can be found at:

No mail today, because no ‘thing’ will last forever.

Rusty Old Mailbox | Humble GeneologyThis rusty ol’ mailbox has definitely seen better days.  I remember driving by it on vacations, in those days of when I was much younger than I am today.

Snail  mail as it is called today, is becoming a thing of the past, like the Pony Express riders.  There will still be packages to deliver and rush documents, but the art of writing a letter is overtaken by Snaps, Tweets, Texts and sometimes email.  Email, I have heard, seems to be used less and less by the younger generations, so it will also be a thing of the past.

Where are those Snaps with a 24 hour life expectancy? or, The Tweets that the world can see? The texts could be saved and printed, but will anyone take the time to do that and would it make any sense to someone else 20 years from now, or even to ourselves?

Email has a better chance, but unless the printout is preserved with both sides of the conversation, will it make sense at all?

What are we leaving our future generations to learn about us? All those digital photos we take, will there be a machine to read them? Does anyone use 3.5 floppy’s or have a reader in today’s laptops or notebooks, notepads, Surface’s? Does anyone have the old computers with a drive to use it with or a monitor that can display it for us?

Now is the time to create some photo-journals, or journals for our children and children’s children to be able to read. Perhaps the journals you keep will document something in history -current events to us- that is only assumed to be recorded in time, but yours is the vital piece to tell others about it.

Thank you to: Big Map Blog for the use of the photo of the Pony Express Route.

Thank you to: Big Map Blog for the use of the photo of the Pony Express Route

It’s 1947, 2017, Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?


Missing Swiss couple found frozen in Alps after 75 years

What would you do if your parents, who were singing and smiling on a lovely spring morning, went to milk the cows – a routine, daily, event – and never came back?

How would you care for your brothers and sisters? How would you care for yourself? How long would you keep looking for your parents? What kinds of things would people be saying to you, and how would you deal with those that said mean things?

It is hard for me to imagine what life was like for these young children, that went on with life as their parents held on to each other, freezing to their deaths.

DNA * is checking to make sure this couple is the children’s parents.

Genealogy can take you to some tough life situations. Emotions can run deep and you may want to find other answers, but one must stay on the path of what the truth is. This story should have a happy ending, the children finally have the answers and the peace they needed for so many years.

(What other story (stories) would arise if the DNA does not match?)

We are hoping it is a match.

What answers are you looking for? What stories do you need to find an ending too?

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Love letter from another Mother


I have my own opinion about draft dodgers, but I didn’t have to walk in their shoes, so it’s not my place to say one way or another. The fact is, we are all human beings and all in need of the same courtesies,  unconditional love that we want for ourselves.

But, this story is not about that, it is about life itself:

DNA test produces surprise and new family ties.

                I was reading the paper this morning, [what else to do on an early morning at a hotel], and as I thumbed through the sports page, here was the “>continued from 1c” part to the title above. I went back to the page, 1c, and began to read why there would be a DNA test results in the sports section. I was surprised to read the unfolding story that began in 1947. Earlier really, as far as life stories go. If a certain young man had not chosen a career in baseball, none of this story would even exist.

                I don’t want to give away the story with it’s twists and turns, and surprises of its own, please read it for yourself. It’s about adoption and not having the desire to find birth parents, because the adoptive parents were exactly that, parents. It’s about a doctor stating, You need to find out your family medical history. It’s about a life that began, but ended before it could be born. It’s about lives connecting that didn’t even know each other existed. It’s about …an epic love letter. It’s about more than all of this.

“God knows it hurts to let go, though,” the letter ends. “My thoughts and love will be with you three forever. Take care.”

And, it’s not the three you might assume.

This is one read you need to read it for yourself, here:

USA TODAY, Thursday, June 15, 2017

pages 1c and 4c

Titled – Major league revelation

[you will have to click to go to the right page and then grab the article and scroll up to read it]


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