September 2020   

     Never think, for even one moment, that just because you've looked at your DNA results once, you're done with them. A few weeks ago I was looking at my DNA matches for anyone with the surname Reed in their family tree, in my ongoing attempt to discover the parents of my 3rd great grandfather John Reed, who was born in New Hampshire in 1812.

    What I found (after more than 40 years of research) was another one of his children. I've written about it here:
Another Leaf on the Family Tree.   

Which proves what I've always said,
  There is always something more to find!

What I've Been Doing
*  Wrote an 80 page, fully illustrated biography of an ancestor who operated a California gold mine, for a client's mother's 80th birthday   
*  Researching a client's paternal line back to the mid 1500s in England
*  Analyzing DNA tests for two clients with German ancestry
*  Watching my chosen sessions from the NGS and FGS conferences: DNA, Irish research, land records and more
*  Registering for the Michigan Virtual Fall Family History Seminar
*  Writing an article for the NGSQ entitled "The Ten Wives of John J. Tufford"

What I'm Reading
Anyone one else in the mood for nostalgia? About two weeks ago I decided I wanted to go back in time when there was no internet or cell phones, and remembered Mary Stewart. I loved Madam, Will You Talk?, and now I'm reading The Moonspinners (which I vaguely remember as a Disney movie long ago). 
   Another trip into the past was prompted by a recommendation on Twitter: Betty MacDonald's Onions in the Stew. Betty MacDonald lived in Seattle and Vashon Island during World War II, and it's fascinating to read her descriptions (still true today) of Mt. Rainier, the Olympics and the Cascades, and "the ferryboats are white ducks waddling earnestly from shore to shore."
    While I was at it, I also borrowed from my library her book, The Plague and I   She recounts her year of recovering from TB at the Seattle Sanitorium The Firlands (in 1911, TB was the leading cause of death in Seattle).With chapter titles like "Oh, Salvadora! Don't Spit on the Floora" this one is keeping me entertained.
   And lest you think I'm totally ignoring current events, here are the books I have read, am reading, or intend to read:
My Beloved World, by Sonja Sotomayer.
I Have Something to Tell You, by Chasten Buttigieg
Too Much and Never Enough, by Mary Trump
Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden
Promise Me, Dad, by Joe Biden
Where the Light Enters, by Jill Biden
My Own Words, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg 
In the News
  Library of Congress unveils a new tool to search newspaper images  

442 Viking skeletons hold DNA surprises

Mayflower Descendant records and family trees available on FamilySearch
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Summer picking daisies (this, after nearly 2 weeks of being confined to the house because of all the smoke in the air....)
Photo by Sigma Sreedharan Fine Photography - showing the smoke-filled air in Seattle on Sept. 8.
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