I'm excited to meet all of you and learn more about genealogy through this collaboration. I am also using this as a jumping off point to revive my abandoned genealogy blog, Hummingbird on Her Hand, so named because hummingbirds landed on the outstretched hand of my great grandmother, Ida Austin.
Although I enjoy genealogy, much of the information I write about was and is collected by my mother, Sandra. She has been doing family history research as long as I can remember. When I was a child, Mom occasionally gave me a paid challenge -- 5 cents for each correct name or date I could write in a blank family tree. I got pretty good at it and eventually she lowered the rate to 1 cent per fact.
Me with my mother visiting my paternal grandparents in Kansas City c1970.
In the past few years we have been making genealogical connections through DNA. This has been pretty slow going, but I now manage the DNA accounts for about twenty family members. We continue recruiting relatives to give samples so that we can try to pinpoint which lines matches fall on. Although we have good documentation for many family lines, we are missing three of my mother's great- great- grandparents and four of my father's great- great- grandparents. Our DNA match-ups will be more successful when we fill in those missing surnames.
I look forward to getting to know you all as time goes on.