I had my DNA tested through Ancestry.com in 2014. As, I think most genealogist would agree, the possibility of finding family connections based on shared DNA is an exciting prospect. On the other hand, staring at a list of almost 3,000 DNA matches ranging from my paternal uncle to a possible 8th cousin with a low to moderate confidence level, can be a little overwhelming. However, every once in a while, you see that little green envelope with a number by it at the top of your screen, indicating that you have a new message.
A couple of weeks ago, I received a message from a woman named Lisa, who happens to be my 1st cousin 2x removed.
Lisa's father Gordon Earl Mason was the youngest brother of my great grandmother Vera Ellen Mason.
I have not spend a whole lot of time researching the Mason family line as of yet. However, just knowing that there is someone out there, that I have never met, that shares not only DNA but also a passion for genealogy is a wonderful feeling. I look forward to getting to know Lisa better and having the opportunity to share family information with each other.
Lesson Learned: Sources of genealogical information comes from a variety of different sources. As genealogists, we can bury ours noses in birth, marriage, census and death records. However, the real sense of "family" comes from the personal interaction with family you know and family that you now have the opportunity to get to know.
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My name is Rebecca Walbecq. My maiden name is McKenzie. My Genealogy journey began about 10 years ago after talking to my grandma about her family. The spark was lit and since then genealogy has become my passion!
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