Monday, October 29, 2012

My Ancestry DNA Invitation

At long last, my invitation to try Ancestry DNA has finally arrived!  I have to admit, I was greatly dismayed by the fact that I have been an member for over 13 years and had to wait until they sent out the invitations to the general public.  I guess in my case, membership does not have it's privileges!

I'm not sure what criteria was used in the invitation process.  If it was alphabetical, that explains it, as I am a "W".  If it was based on the easy of breaking "brick walls", that too would explain it, as I have been beating my head against my brick walls for over 20 years.  If it was based on the least amount of family trees on, I have 50, which would be better described as a forest.

Whatever the reason, I am just glad that I have placed my order for my test kit and soon I hope to connect with new cousins and break down some walls. 

If you have Davisson, Hendricks, Hedrick, Carroll, Madison, Wilkinson, Stout, Berger, Roberts, Sparkman, Dodson, Harmon ancestors, I would like to encourage you to test with Ancestry DNA.  We could be cousins!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Kosciusko County, Indiana

Frankie A Elliott - Hillcrest Cemetery
It is often said that all good things must come to an end.  Sadly, my husband and I recently left beautiful Salt Lake City and the largest genealogy library in the world, and relocated to Warsaw, Indiana, where he will be working for a medical device company.  Fortunately, Warsaw is 45 minutes away from Fort Wayne and the Allen County Library, which houses the SECOND largest genealogy library in the world!

Before I make my first trip to the Allen County Library, I must finish unpacking.  As of today, I have 16 boxes left.  My progress had been slowed due to a few trips to Hillcrest Cemetery in nearby Pierceton, where I have taken pictures of headstones to fulfill requests on Find A  I have also visited the Warsaw Community Public Library and met a great bunch of people at their Genealogy Club which is led by Teresa Crews. 

My unpacking was most recently interrupted by my visit to the Kosciusko County Old Jail Museum & Genealogy Library, which also serves as the headquarters for the Kosciusko County Historical Society.  I will definitely be going back there!

Well, I have to get back to unpacking now.  No more interruptions!