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DNA & Adoption: One Woman’s Family Mystery

I am currently busy taking care of a new baby  (YAY!) and taking a hopefully short hiatus from research (BOO!).  Fellow family researcher, Alicia, agreed to do a guest post on her interesting story of how an AncestryDNA test helped to break down a wall of her biological father’s family and the new mysteries that have since unfolded. Please note, names have been changed as a courtesy to those living.

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Thoughts on (not) being Irish, Genealogy, Racism and American Politics

I have been fascinated by Irish history since high school. Ask a few of my friends, they’ll tell you of my obsession. It stemmed from wanting to know who I was, where my people came from.  In hindsight, this was the beginning of my genealogical pursuits. Why Irish? Because, to be blunt, I looked stereotypically Irish. Paler than pale skin, freckles, light eyes and the strawberry blonde hair. This had to mean I was Irish. I just KNEW it.

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A Community: Oklahoma Women Bloggers Mini Conference 2016

In January, I set some resolutions for myself and my Life in the Past Lane blog. I am happy to report that I checked the #4 item, to attend a blogging conference, off my list!

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Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- February 2016: The Mystery of Miss Killian

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For the February installment of  Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds challenge, I have been researching the mysterious Miss Killian who was part of a story included at the end of my previous  Life in the Past Lane post, Major Brown’s Journey: Part One.

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Major Brown’s Journey: Part One

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Garrison Brothers: John Josina, Major Brown, Eugene Hutchison, Edward Leon and Richard Gillespie. Source :Ancestry & Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Records

My second great grandfather, Major Brown Garrison, has truly captivated my imagination. Perhaps it is because I have found more information on him than many on my line, or perhaps it is because his story begins before the Civil War and ends in 1914, and sees so much change in between. Either way, researching him has been great fun and I hope to keep finding tidbits of information about his life.

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January 2016 Reading Recap

Here is a link to some online articles and posts related to genealogy I found interesting and helpful this month.

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Searching for Mary Jane Update: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- January 2016

Photo Above: Front Doors of Hickory Springs Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Bradley County, Arkansas

It’s time for another installment of Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds! As I mentioned in a previous post, Searching for Mary Jane, her husband Major Brown Garison was my second great grandfather.  On a recent trip to Bradley County, Arkansas, I had three goals. Continue reading “Searching for Mary Jane Update: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- January 2016”

Resolutions for the New Year

I am not generally one for making resolutions.  If anything, I just hope to do a little better than the year before. But I never really set a high bar because I believe you can change the course of your life at any time during the year if you so choose.

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To Arkansas I Must Go

Life has gotten in the way of my research and blogging of late and I look forward immersing myself into family history in the next few months. I took advantage of almost a two week Christmas break at work to head to Arkansas for some family history research. Continue reading “To Arkansas I Must Go”

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