Thursday, September 7, 2017

Take one step forward, 2 steps back

I pretty much went through 655 pages of DNA matches on Ancestry. Seems 99% of my matches are from my dad's side of the family. What a chore. The only matches on my maternal side, are 4th cousins and beyond. I finally decided I would write a snail mail to my only first cousin, alive from my mom's side asking him if he would PLEASE (I do recall begging him, with a PRETTY PLEASE) to take a DNA test for me. It would help me. He wrote back and said he would but to not bug him about it. He also said he is "not impressed with DNA."

OKAY, that tells me a lot. He may, or may not do it.  I should know in about 6 weeks. He said he would do it when Ancestry had that special in August. I'm on pins and needles.

My maternal side continues to be a mystery. When I think I am on to something, I hit a wall, or it just doesn't make sense. My dad's side is awesome. I have cousins by the dozens, that keep submitting their DNA and confirming we are cousins! In fact, the more I match with someone from my dad's side, the more discouraged and angry I get when dealing with my mom's side - like why is it so hard to find them?? Why won't their descendants, do family trees or DNA? It's like they are in some witness-protection program.

My mom once told me, that her bio dad was an Irishmen in the IRA and was wanted by the FBI. She later denied telling me that. I think she had one too many glasses of wine with her meds that evening, but now, it does make me wonder...

So this is where I am at. I'm frustrated - confused.

I want to find new stuff on my maternal line - Is that too much to ask for?

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Signers - Benjamin Franklin - 5th Cousin 9 times removed

My favorite Founding Father just happens to be a cousin from my father's line (Yea, Dad!)

Of all the founding fathers, Franklin has the unique distinction of having signed all three of the major documents that freed the colonies from British rule and established the United States as an independent nation: the Declaration of Independence, The Treaty of Paris, and the United States Constitution.

In 1776, Franklin was appointed by the Continental Congress to a committee charged with drafting a formal document to justify the colonies' decision of severing political ties with Britain. The other members of the committee included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman. The committee gave Jefferson the task of writing the first draft. Franklin, although a talented writer, took a back seat in drafting the document, blaming his lack of participation on poor health.

Jefferson sent his finished draft to Franklin for review. Franklin put on his editor's hat, but made only a few slight changes to Jefferson's prose. When the draft was submitted to Congress, however, sentence after sentence was either deleted or changed, much to the dismay of Jefferson.

Jefferson's "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence

After several drafts, Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The actual document was not signed until August, when Benjamin Franklin signed his name along with the fifty-five other representatives of the thirteen colonies.

The Final Draft - The Declaration of Independence 

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Stay at home Mom to 1 dog and 2 cats. I am the "big sister" in the photo. My baby sister, passed away unexpectedly, Sept. 2015 at the young age of 56. I miss her terribly. Everyone in my childhood family has now passed. I have 3 sons. My oldest son died in 2003 at the age of 25. GENEALOGY is a growing passion of mine as well as History.