ImageBeen busy the last few days doing genealogy, my own and a relatives. I was very excited to be able to fill in the missing pieces for my relative who was given for adoption in 1931. I found his connection and most likely his birth mother. I was glad to do it. I know what it feels like to not know and I know the completion I felt in knowing who and where I came from. It was tiring work, but so worth it.

I have been working on connections with my DNA results to confirm my family tree and the people I’ve found that are my ancestors. I can say that at least 4 of my lines have been confirmed and most likely a 5th. I feel gratified. I still have 3 people that I need to connect and a certain name Smith keeps popping up. Don’t know where from?

Family, those that were and those that are present now; it’s a wonderful thing.

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 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, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 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 Dostoevsky. 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 St Louis.

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