Lehr, Stigler, Oliphant – New Connections

Lehr, Stigler, Oliphant – New Connections

I got stuck tracing records back on the potential lead that I wrote about in the last post so I decided to give my brain a break from that and work on creating a 4th cousin tree that had the […]

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Dead Ends and More Testing

Dead End I’ve been hitting a lot of brick walls and just dead end after dead end with this Blackwell family. I really thought we had found my mom’s birth mother. DNA matched to one side of the family but […]

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Johnston, Blackwell, Crotts, Worley

Johnston, Blackwell, Crotts, Worley

I feel like I’ve been working on this non-stop. But for good reason – I’m making progress.  Just take a look.  I’ve been able to add an entire branch with the names Crotts, Worley and Howard! Phew! It doesn’t seem like […]

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Gillespie County, Texas – German Immigrants

Gillespie County, Texas – German Immigrants

German Heritage Apparently, my mom has some direct ancestors that were born in Germany and came over around 1845 and lived in Gillespie County, Texas.  It seems that they were a tight-knit community and tended to marry into every single […]

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Blackwell – Johnston – New Connection

Blackwell – Johnston – New Connection

Challenge Accepted! We’ve all experienced it. You send a message to someone and they don’t understand what you are asking for and the conversation from then on out is just slow.  Well, this type of situation led me to find […]

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Kunz Family – Possible Connection

Kunz Family – Possible Connection

I’ve felt kind of down about the Johnston side of the family.  It is a huge family and some people are just complete dead ends and I can’t find any records on them.  So I’ve decided to try to find […]

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Facebook Groups – Getting Search Help

Facebook Groups – Getting Search Help

Social media has some real advantages when it comes to adoption searches. There are many groups on Facebook dedicated to aiding adoptees and birth parents reunite.  One of the first things I did when I started the search for my […]

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Public Notary Records

Public Notary Records

We had a few leads that were really helpful in the search for my mom’s biological family first a letter from a birth mother that may have known my mom’s birth mother and possible break through with public notary records. […]

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AncestryDNA – The Next Step

A Strange Request Back in May, my mom asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day. She was expecting something like a manicure, an outfit, a day of watching my son but my answer was AncestryDNA testing. My mom was […]

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The Search Begins for Birth Family

The Search Begins for Birth Family

My Mom’s Story The search begins to find my mom’s biological family. This blog is for my mom.  She is the baby girl who was given up back in 1968. It all started back in 1968 when a girl gave birth […]

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