Wednesday, October 5, 2022


 It is 2 AM Wednesday morning and having been summoned to consciousness by mother nature, I am writing or reading before getting back to sleep. My reading has been varied. After finding the genealogical mysteries of British author Nathan Dylan Goodwin and his contemporary of the same genre, MJ Lee. I've contentedly met the fictional characters of genealogists Morton Ferrier and Jayne Sinclair. If you enjoy this genre, you may like both series. I've gone on to decidedly non-fiction in the arena of DNA testing. 

Speaking of this, all of the necessary DNA testing needed to unravel the backstory surrounding a great great grandfather on my mother's side has been completed. There was a surprise surname on the male line from his descendant with which none of us were familiar, so the mystery has deepened temporarily until the professionals build out trees and chase records, many of which are not digitized and are therefore unavailable online. This will likely take another six months. A tantalizing clue has emerged in the form of a couple but just how they fit in has yet to be established. The DNA also points directly to a particular area and so may also clear up questions as to where this man originated. He and his wife divorced after 1900 and. according to family lore, he was incarcerated for attempting to kill her with an axe, a sad testament to a life of addiction, among other things.

Navigating this sort of information can be challenging but without the DNA, the lid from Pandora's box would never have been pried off and the questions which three or four generations of my extended family have been concerned would never have been answered.


Elephant's Child said...

Thank you for the fiction heads up. I don't know these authors and will have to explore.
And well done with your investigation of your family, something I have put off doing with my own.

Wisewebwoman said...

Genealogy is fascinating. And I hope you read Friko's post on her exploration. A cousin of mine is doing massive research for which I am grateful. Many, many records were destroyed in Ireland during The Troubles but he is piecing together much from censuses, etc.
those authors sound very interesting.

TJ Davis said...

In this post you said "until the professionals build out trees and chase records, many of which are not digitized and are therefore unavailable online." Have you employed professional genealogists? Archivist? I am very interested in that. I've been trying to find someone on the ground in Lynchburg Va to do some record research for me and so far I have come up empty.
Thanks for sharing.


e said...

Dear TJ

To answer your question, I did indeed enlist the help of genealogists from Ancestry. You might try them or the local historical society may be able to refer you to someone in your area. Another possible resource is your local library. Best of luck. Thanks for your interest.

e said...

WWW, I agree, it can be fascinating but a burden may be imposed when secrets emerge, and yes I did read Friko's post today.

Boud said...

I agree, I think you need to be ready for whatever you might discover, given that this is your own DNA! That said, it is a passionate interest for some of my friends, who tend to find out more workaday facts than axe attacks.

Friko said...

I am sure it is very interesting to find out "who you are", I'm just not sure how to go about from another country.
Are you glad you haven't inherited the inclinations of a would be ax murderer? How exciting.

Wilma said...

Fascinating stuff, e!

LL Cool Joe said...

As an adopted person I know nothing about my background at all. And as my kids are adopted I have no known blood ties either, but I'm okay with it.