What's Ahead In 2013?

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I came across this image today and instantly identified with the expression on this woman's face. It's like she's saying with attitude no less, "Do you think, I know where I'm going?"

There are times that when I am writing on my blog, that I feel like this woman. People write so many wonderful comments and cheer me on along my genealogy journey and sometimes I feel like whispering, "Psssp...You know...I don't really know what I'm doing." Now of course I know that isn't exactly true. I have been able to find out an incredible amount of information over almost three and a half years of digging up roots and a year and a half of blogging. That didn't happen by accident. It took time and patience. I had to learn how to do research. (Believe you me, I still have a lot of learning to do.) But now that I am here, what's next? What's ahead for 2013?

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More digging of course! 

Currently, I am researching my Ellison family line and I plan on sharing more of my findings shortly. I am really excited by this branch of the family tree because it has taken me to a new place, Greene County, NC. I don't know much about this county so I will be doing a lot of reading in the next couple of months to get a sense of what it was like there prior to the start of the Civil War.

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More DNA testing!

That's right another DNA test is in the cards. (And yes, that is me chuckling to myself in the background.) That whole thing with 23andme doing the $99 sale in December got me hooked again. My problem is that I just can't say no to a sale. Oh well, I guess there are worse thinks to be addicted to than DNA testing. I ordered a test for my husband too. His ancestry is Irish and English. I have to say that I am a bit curious to see if there are any surprises waiting to be discovered in his genes. Also, wouldn't it be interesting to find out if perhaps we are distantly related?

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Lastly, I hope that this year will bring forth even more cousin connections. Blogging has been an absolute blessing for me in this regard. To all my readers, wishing you peace, love, and happiness for the New Year!


  1. Andrea, I have enjoyed your blog posts tremendously. It is cool that I discovered yours around the time I had just started blogging. I feel like we are blogging sisters.

    Here is to a New Year with you in 2013. So excited for you and all the good information and connections to come!!!

    Your Friend
    The Root Digger ;-)

    1. Yvette, I feel the same as you about being blogging sisters. I have learned so much from you by following your blog and am proud to share ties with you to Craven County. There are no accidents, I think we were supposed to find each other and I am indeed grateful. Wishing much peace and joy for the New Year and continued success in all your endeavors!

  2. Good luck on finding you're related to your husband ;D

  3. I think most of us amateurs feel the same way. When we find some nugget we ask our selves why did I not think of this before?

    Good Luck in 2013.

  4. Happy New YEar and Happy Hunting in 2013 Andrea! I have been enjoying myself so much thru your blogs and you all have been teaching me a lot. Just Thanks for all the wonderful stories and for bringing us along. Good Luck!

    1. Happy New Year True! I have been enjoying your blog as well. So glad you began blogging. You have so much still to tell. I can't wait to read more.

  5. Andrea, I had to laugh when I saw the woman's expression just below your headline, "What's Ahead in 2013"! Who knows?!

    I like your plans, though. I'm still waiting on the DNA testing...guess I'm just waiting to see what everyone else says, so believe me, I'm reading you!!!

    Best wishes on your blogging in this upcoming year!

    1. Thanks Jacqi! I just love that woman's expression. It still cracks me up. Best wishes to you too in the New Year!

  6. Cheers to many new genealogy discoveries in 2013.

    1. Thanks Linda! Happy New Year! Wishing you many blessings for the New Year!


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