Looking for an elusive ancestor is sometimes an ” I want to pull my hair out endeavour.” It is amazing to me that I can go back to 1500 something with one ancestor and with another, I can’t get past 1800.

I suppose, that as an adopted child, I should be glad I’ve gotten as far as I have. I was fortunate, and I know this, in having known my biological parents. I can’t imagine where my research would be without that.

I recently spent 25 dollars to try and get my original birth certificate. Instead I got a letter saying they needed more information at the cost of another 20 dollars. I didn’t pursue it. It’s not really something I need, I just thought it would be nice to have.

As I’ve been writing my novel, I realize that certain things from my family tree are sneaking in there. For instance, names for characters. A name for a certain character pops into my head and then later, I see that name in my tree.

I find a certain character behaves in a certain way and it reminds me of something about one of my ancestors. I say this to bring back my original reason for this blog. Ancestral memories. No matter how they come to us, they are inside us whether we can feel or connect to them. I truly believe we are more than just a product of their DNA but a product of their entire being, including memories.

So, maybe they are trying to give me hints in my novel. Wouldn’t that be great. Like they’re saying, here we are come find us. šŸ˜Š

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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