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Genealogy and Words

Over the last few years, I have slowly begun to dive into the genealogy of my family. Years ago, my mother worked an endless number of hours gathering data, researching documents, and joining organizations to learn more about our history. Not just hers or mine but that of our family! I’m blessed to have all her research even if much of it is only one branch of the family. I am also blessed to have my paternal side’s research accessible as well.

I have been working for the last few months updating my information on Ancestry.com and connecting with others to gather even more information. One conversation led me to the #52Ancestors which is a weekly writing prompt on my genealogy called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks by Amy Johnson Crow.

I plan to participate and have scheduled this posting to happen every Thursday. Week One is a simple start. So this is my introduction and start.

My paternal family name is Dyess and the maternal family name is Mills. While this is only one of the many names each side has… this is my start.

Each side has been researched back as far as the 1400s, allowing me to know some of the beginnings of my family. From what I have learned so far the Dyess line started on the East Coast when they came to the US, 6 brothers whose families spread wide across this country. The Mills line starts in Washington who came down from Canada. It would seem that Irish heritage is one of the strongest bloodlines but I plan to do a DNA test to confirm all this!

Next weeks post will be about my favorite photo. Now to go dig that out and get it ready!