Archive for December, 2018

Happy New Year to you! It has been a bit of a drought here on the blog, and I apologize for that. Sort of like the drought we had here in north central Missouri this past summer. Farmers in the heartland struggled during the harvest this fall as it had been so dry for so long and then all of a sudden, the rains came.

For my readers who are also family history researchers, I hope 2018 was a great year for you – possibly knocking over those brick walls or solving a mystery through DNA. Perhaps you attended your first or tenth genealogy conference or made it to RootsTech in Salt Lake City last winter. Did you meet someone you consider a genealogy “rock star?”

I’ve had an amazing 2018 concerning research, DNA, and genealogy! I hated science in high school and my Biology grade was a C so imagine how surprised with myself I was when I absorbed details about DNA that made sense to me! And through DNA and old-fashioned sleuthing, I am on the trail of my great-grandmother Frances’ birth family. I’ve connected to descendants of two sisters of my great-great-grandmother Charlotte. And I’ve heard from a paternal cousin who may be able to put the last pieces of the puzzle of my great-great-grandfather William’s early life in order.

I have also enjoyed volunteering at the Chariton County Historical Society and being on the board as well as being an appointed officer of my local tent of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, I have been helped by so many others in the genealogy field or those who work in libraries and have sent me news articles/obituaries in the past, that I want to give back and pay it forward.

I hope to get back on track with consistent blog posts (beginning with the first post in 2019’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow (who I met this summer, and who I consider a genealogy rock star – and she’s also a fellow Buckeye!), and over on Instagram – the Genealogy Photo a Day Challenge.

What are your goals for 2019?

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