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DNA Proves I've Got The Right Family!

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I am so excited because I have DNA proof that I have found the right family!!! Woohoo! Let me explain. 

If you have been following my series regarding my paternal great grandmother Ella/Ellen Kerr Smith Dixon, then you know that the woman has been very elusive. If you missed those posts, here are the links:

Great Grandma's Name Was Ella. After That It Gets Complicated

Great Grandma's Name Was Ella. After That It's Complicated --Part two

Great Grandma's Name Was Ella. After That It's Complicated --Part three

I haven't given up hope on Ella but I am starting to feel like her story will remain like vapor. Maybe I will only be privy to a whisper of the person she once was. Maybe more will will be revealed in time. We'll see.

The good news is that I have connected with a cousin through Ancestry.com and Facebook that is linked to this family line. Woohoo!

A while back I noticed I had a 4th--6th cousin on my list of DNA matches to someone who had ties to Sampson county. 


Happy Birthday In Heaven, Dad!

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Although you aren't here physically, I can definitely feel your presence, dad. You would be pleased to know that your grandson is a chip off the old block. He's built like you when you were young. He has broad shoulders and muscle. Even mom commented on how Noah has your calves. He's about six feet tall now. You would be pleased to know that your watch fits him perfectly now. 




Happy Birthday In Heaven, Dad! Miss you.

Happy Father's Day In Heaven, Dad!

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Happy Father's Day In Heaven, Dad! Love you.

Happy Father's Day!

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Happy Father's Day to my lovely husband and to all the wonderful dads out there. Make some memories today :)

Amanuensis Monday: Charity Ambrose Deed to Mt. Olive Methodist Church

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At last, some genealogy right?!! LOL. I decided to jump back into things with an Amanuensis Monday post. I have to thank a fellow genealogy friend of mine who helped me out a couple of months ago, Nathaniel Glasgow. He brought to my attention a deed which documents the sale of about an acre land from a woman named Charity Ambrose  to the trustees of Mt. Olive AME Zion Church in Riverdale, NC. Guess who's listed among the trustees. My maternal 3rd great grandfather and his son, Mortimer and Alfred Mitchell. 

State of North Carolina}
     Craven County

This deed made this 6th day of November in the year 1893 by Charity Ambrose of the first part of Craven County, and Mortimer Mitchell, Charles F. Hall, Anthony Dennis,  Edward Hooker, Killis Green, David Sampson, Phillis Borden, Ezekial Pastuer, and A. F. Mitchell of Craven County and State of North Carolina of the second part , Trustees of the Mt. Olive Church, African Methodist Episocpal Zion Church in America of No. 6 Township Craven …

Spring Concerts

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It's that time of the year again. That's right, Spring concerts. Both kids demonstrated their viola playing skills in concert. They have come a long way since the days of playing songs like "Hot Cross Buns."



Sometimes, I just can't get over how much they've grown up.


LOL! Yup, I Forgot My Blogiversary Again.

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LOL! Yup, I did it again. That's three years in a row I've forgotten my blogiversary.. That's all right. Life has been beautifully busy. You probably have noticed that I haven't posted in a while. I decided that I needed to take a break from posting to just live. You know what it's been a blessing. I feel refreshed.

I began this blog on May 30, 2011 to document my genealogy findings regarding my family. So many stories and people I have discovered along the way. Every story has taught me something. My first post, Okay...Here We Go! LOL was an example of me taking a leap of faith. Trying something new can be incredibly scary. A journey however begins by taking a single step and so I began. 

So many steps later, here I stand. I may not write as often but believe me, I am still researching and making discoveries. I love genealogy and that will always be a part of me. 

What's great about a blog is that you can go back and revisit the places you've been. Since so m…

Anna Maria Island 2019

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Well, I've fallen off keeping up with my blog again. What's different this time is that I am not going to beat myself up for it. Life is about living and I've been doing a lot of that lately. I've been spending a lot of quality time with the family. The kids have doing wonderfully in their individual sports. After a busy season of games and competitions, the hubby, kids, and I are now enjoying some sun, fun and most importantly relaxation in Anna Maria Island, Florida. This is some much needed downtime. Here are some pictures from our vacation.