A DNA test united the mother and daughter after nearly 80 years.
Last year, my cousin (who is 10 days younger than me) got married. My friend announced that she was pregnant. And all while I was trying to figure out a way to cheat the system and keep my 16-25 Railcard.
The test results taught me that it's really impossible to predict what your DNA profile will look like. I would go as far as saying, "predictions, forget it! In the long run, predicting your genetic ancestry without proof will only make you look plain stupid".
We make the long, tiring and costly journey twice a year because we love family and they are important to us. And like anything you place importance upon, you make time for it. Or at least, do your best to find some time to invest. You are willing to brave the journey of sitting in a flying metal tube with a toddler for hours on end.
This is a great time of year for me! I love genealogy and I love autumn. It is a terrific time of year offering some exceptional combinations for those of us who love genealogy.
In my opinion there is really only one reason folks join a genealogy society and that reason is value. Likewise, it seems to me that there is also only one real reason folks leave them, which is that they perceive they are receiving no value for their dues.
What is it about railway stations that conjures up ghosts of the past? I'm standing on the platform in Pastavy (or Postavy), deep in the Belarussian countryside, almost exactly 100 years since my friend Stu Seidel's grandfather, Julius Seidel, stood on this same platform (or one very like it) and boarded a train to start a new life in the New World.