Sunday, July 1, 2012

Catching Up

I'm quite behind on updates, following nine days of business travel and over 24 hours with the power out here in Northern Virginia following Friday evening's devastating storms. While I was away, I received my AncestryDNA results, found both my Dad's parents in the 1940 US Census in Indianapolis, and received a set of articles from a researcher at the Phillips Memorial Library in Searsport, Maine about the sinking of the Brig Callao in a hurricane off Aux Cayes, Haiti in 1831.

I also received a postal mail letter from a cemetery caretaker in Smiths Grove, Kentucky, who has identified the headstones for my 2nd-great-grandparents and has some other information. I'll have upcoming posts as I digest the new information and see how this fits with earlier research.

I am glad I previously posted some writing reminders for July. These still hold up. The Supreme Court released its decision in the Arizona immigration case while I was in Prague. I had a long post in the works on borders and crossings, but this needs to be updated.

My DNA results deserve a separate post, but needless to say I was quite surprised. I've been reading the posts of others about their experience with AncestryDNA, and I am curious to see how the ethnic percentages may change over time.

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