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Looking out my Backdoor: Piecing a partial picture patchwork past


DNA and ancestry search sites are the latest greatest. I’m not sure I want unknown relatives crawling out of the woodwork. The relatives I know are scary enough.

Of my background, I know I am predominately British American (English, Welsh, Scotch, Irish) with added German from Dad’s side and French (Brittany) and a secret on Mom’s side. That is to say, mongrel.

Cousin Nancie and I have spent the last two weeks talking about our shared maternal family. Nancie and I did not meet until I showed up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. Strange family? Yes.

Our mothers were raised in...

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