My Mema Jean grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Mae Jean Holley and James Lloyd Igou. An obituary I found among her things revealed that James Lloyd had a successful career as newspaper salesman at The Commercial Appeal, which I vaguely remember Mema mentioning at various times growing up. Oral family tradition claimed that they were French, perhaps Huguenots. Until recently, that is about all I knew about my Igou lineage.
DNA is an amazing tool to determine your ancestry and verify or expand your family tree. But that specific genetic mix from one’s ancestry also plays a crucial role in finding matches for those needing life saving bone marrow transplants! Thank you to my dear friend, Elizabeth, for agreeing to share her story!
I was diagnosed with a blood cancer in May 2011, one month before my 36th birthday. As most people say, it was a shock for me to hear I had cancer; it was definitely not the diagnosis I was expecting when my doctor called me.
Thus far, I have written mostly about my Garrison line. It has been a line that has proven fairly easy to research given my late grandmother’s early work researching the family, as well as the number of other Garrisons in the United States who have also succumbed to the genealogy addiction. So, it is particularly challenging to hit a brick wall on a different line that hasn’t been researched as much, or even at all. Such is the case with my husband’s great grandfather, Ernest Lennox Wylie. The mystery surrounding his origins has stumped many in the family trying to research his early life and his parents.