DNA

ImageO.K. I took a little break from blogging over the holiday weekend.  I am temporarily at a standstill on my family tree. I am awaiting mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) results in a few weeks on my maternal lineage. I am waiting on DNA from a close relative on my paternal side regarding his maternal lineage. We are both looking for the elusive Alexander MacRae, who was born in Scotland in 1785 or so and emigrated to North Carolina around 1800. He, my relative has found two possible suspects and we are looking into it now. Sometimes it is hard to find the person you’re looking for and I often wonder if the person in question knew that they would be hard to find. Did they want to not be found? It can be frustrating. It can also be exhilarating when you find a connection.

I read somewhere today that we are who we came from. Yes, and environment also shapes us. I am a piece of this illusive Alexander MacRae. Just as he lives on in me.

So, I continue to think about what memories I carry with me from my ancestors. It seems that many of the male ancestors were farmers. What hard lives. I feel the farming in my spirit, but I’m too old now to be a farmer. I think what I sense is the feel of the farm itself. The crops, the weather, the animals, etc….All that it takes to be a farmer.

Some ancestors had connections to the sea. I feel the sea in my spirit as well. What do I mean by in my spirit? Well, I think I mean that intangible something that draws us to something, often for reasons we don’t exactly know. There is so much beauty in the world. Some are drawn to the sea, some to the mountains, some to both. But it’s more than just being drawn to a place or thing. It’s that sense in your spirit that you belong there. That your heart, your soul feels complete in this place.

I have never felt that sense of feeling complete somewhere. Is this what is echoing in my bones? Is this the memory of something long, long ago?

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and on Kindle Unlimited; also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison is available for preorder at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81 and will be published on November 30th, 2017. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. I am 60 and married with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Doestoyefsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in the Midwest United States with my husband, Chris and my dog, Max.

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