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Three family trees. Two parents.

You wouldn't be the first person to ask why anyone would bother researching family history after they've been adopted. Go on, you're thinking it: "But that's not your real family!"

And you're right, if we limit "real" to meaning "the people who contributed to my DNA." For the record, I appreciate those people, for what they gave me genetically and for the incredible decision they made to release their baby to an unknown future. I don't happen to know who they are, though, and probably never will.

What I do know, and celebrate here, is the two people who took me from the moment of my birth and vowed to love, nuture, and cherish me from that day forward. Their people are my people, and this is my real family.

Wait... three family trees?!? How's that?

Well, if you start with someone's grandparents, most everybody has four family trees. Even if they don't know who all the grandparents were, there's usually still four of 'em. Privacy dictates that I start at this point to protect the identities of those still living.

Unfortunately very little is known about one of my grandmas (beyond her name and some basic vital stats), so this will have to remain a celebration of the families for whom we have a story to tell.

OK! Tell me!

Gladly. Visitors are invited to enjoy all the historical information presented here. Just click the families link to get started!

If you work your way into the family tree data, you'll notice that certain modern-day people are hidden for security purposes. If you are related to me (or come recommended by someone who is) you may request a user account for access to all data.

If you're a distant cousin researching the same families, welcome! Please feel free to request specific information you may need. Data and access requests from non-immediate family will be considered on a case-by-case basis.