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Hi Kitty,

Very interesting post. I, too, am interested in genealogy. I'd love to have a DNA analysis done by one of those commercial firms that uses the information to tell you just what you consist of in terms of ethnic origins and so on.
Maybe someday I'll do it.
I used to be completely, hopelessly engrossed in the Civil War (or maybe you prefer War Between the States), collecting memorabilia and reading countless books. But, alas, the war is over for me and it's just a passing fancy now.

Or as they say in the South, the War for Southern Independence. :) :) :) And the way some folks talk about it, you'd think it happened just last week instead of 150 years ago.

Because of my parents' estrangement from their families (about which I'll have more to say later), and because I was born and raised in urban New Orleans instead of the rural South, I hadn't realized how deep my Southern roots are, or how much I inherited from them (for better and for worse), until I started doing genealogy.

BTW, if I remember correctly, I believe that DNA testing only works for male descendants. I thought about asking my 83-year-old father to do it, but ... nah ...

my parents are from germany...and there...one does a small book whilst in elementary school
they copy what they can from their parents' books about their genealogy

my brother bought a trees program for my parents and i input all the data that we had...
they went back to germany in 95 [i think their last time] to get some more info
so it's quite accuarate to about 1740 or so then it breaks up a lot
it is quite interesting isn't it

deepak chopra tells quite a tale about when his father dies...and the records kept in india
the power of family is very strong

i wish your great-great grandmother had smiled a bit more ;)

Wow..that is amazing..I still say there is a book there.....Adventures and Strengths of Southern Women!! Your great grandmother's smile/frown is interesting (now this may sound silly but President Bill Clinton's smile is a frown....take a look at it..it is an "upside down" smile) To me, there is a lot of "don't mess with Great Grandma" in her smile/frown because it speaks of a tough life, but also I see a lot of wisdom, power and knowledge behind it.

I bet if you started connecting your family geneology that it would spread to many families in America, no less the ones in Europe!

Thanks for sharing the photos and some of the family history with us. Yikes as to your relative that was tortured (Makes me think of Guantanemo Bay ("Gitmo") and the torture scandals/mess in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Michael

Marlaine, yes, I don't think that here in the U.S. as much attention is given to family history (ironic because such importance is given to "family values".) It is really fascinating, and I've had a lot of fun with it.

And Michael, I promise to send you an autographed copy of the book :). There is definitely one (at least) on the way.

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