If you have found this blog, you must either have ancestors from Louisiana or if you’re from my husband’s line, Eastern Europe. Welcome! I hope you visit us often. I’m currently working on sharing with you some exciting cultural history and I expect to make frequent updates of our genealogical research here. You will see fascinating family photographs, many of which are very old. We’ll share photos of documents that we’ve collected and continue to find. If you have anything you’d like to share – either privately – or to post on this blog, please let us know. We’d love to see them.
My husband and I have been involved in genealogy since the 1970’s. I was forced to take a long sabbatical when I became ill more than 10 years ago. When I recently came back, I was thrilled to see the growth of genealogy; a new wave of genealogists working from the comforts of their home! I’m so excited about this surge in genealogy hobbyists. I’m also very impressed with the industry’s current high professional standards of provenance, which is a matter of proper documentation in genealogy.
Genealogy to me is more than simply collecting names, but to discover our ancestors’ characters, learning real stories of their lives, to see how they responded to life’s circumstances. Even if the stories are gone, one can read much into the surviving documents, such as census’, wills or successions, and more. I believe we can all be inspired to live our lives more fully if we study those who came before us. Their memorable moments and their trials and sorrows can offer templates for us even today.
SOME FAMILY NAMES
In the coming weeks, you will find the family names of:
- DUGAS, and many more.
These are from my line. From my husband, you’ll find the family names of:
- BESSERT, and much more.
If any of these names are in your family tree, “Hi, Cousin!” We’d be especially curious to see any information, stories, or photographs you’d like to share. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Back in 2011, we both took a DNA test. We intend to discuss its findings here and plan to take an updated set of tests soon. If you’ve taken a test, we’d love to compare notes. If you’re just getting started, and don’t know much about these tests, and how to use them for genealogy purposes, we expect having discussions here.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME
If you want to know a little more about me, here are my stats. My details: @A wife of thirty-eight (38+) years, @a mother of forty-one (41+) years of five (5) living children and three (3) adopted sons, including three (3+) angels in heaven. @grandmother of sixteen (16+) ~ and counting ~ of twenty-two (22+) years, @a daughter of God and member of the LDS Church for forty-one (44+) years. My dear husband and I and family were foster parents to over two-hundred (200+) children, from all over the state of California and beyond, over a fourteen (14) year period. Most of that time consisted of intensive nursing training, resulting in qualifying as a SPECIAL NEEDS MEDICAL FOSTER HOME. Jason, our 23 yr. old, was the first child admitted into the pilot project, Fragile Infant Resource Services Team. From then on, the County and State placed only the most fragile infants and children in our home. Above all else, I count my blessings every day for the love of family.