Ancestry DNA Adoption Mystery (Crazy Story!)

I've uncovered a lot of insane facts about our family since I began my genealogy journey a little over five years ago. I've found out information that the dead would rather have remained buried with them. I've discovered shameful family secrets and evidence of illegal crimes. I've uncovered drama of all sorts, and read through …

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I Wrote a Letter (Genealogy Update!)

A little over a month ago, I shared a post I wrote about contacting relatives using good old fashioned letter writing (link here). Today I received a phone call from my relative, and she gave me some amazing news! She confirmed she had a lot of information about my paternal grandmother's maternal line and she …

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Obituary Etiquette: Comparing Modern Obituaries to Those of the Past

When you search through the obituaries published today and compare them to obituaries published over 100 years ago, the format and content is still virtually the same. The language may vary slightly, the detail of information given depends on the discretion of the family and there may or may not be a photo. Generally speaking, …

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