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Saturday, July 27, 2013



What a perfect birthday gift for you tomorrow. It really is nice to know where you come from....been trying to dig some stuff myself for years but most, if not all, relatives are either dead or missing in action!

Keep up the great writing. It may seem boring to some readers, but I am truly fixed to the screen waiting with baited breath for your next entry.

Happy Birthday and happy travels.


Very interesting. I don't know my own family tree except on my mother's side. English/Irish, Osborne, But on my father's side it is a mystery. My paternal grandmother had several divorces, and legal name changes took place, so I know that Fansler is not my name as far as getting back to my roots are concerned.

Happy Birthday, Howard. It's very heartwarming to read your life story. God bless you.

Great entry today Howard, it was all facinating. Keep it up and Happy Birthday tommorrow.

Beware...genealogy is addicting!! I believe that genealogy blogger Randy Seaver had family from Leominster, Mass. Seems like I've read that on his blog anyway. The online genealogy community is very helpful as a rule. At least quite a few people have helped my in my search for ancestors and I try to share information with them.

Happy Birthday, Howard! Amazing. Is it environment or genetics that most influence who we are and wht we become. Wonderful story, again thanks for sharing as we have some adoptions in our family, too.

Glad you had a nice reunion, thanks for sharing. Sounds like a nice "family day". k

Happy Birthday, Howard! We've enjoyed following along on this journey.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOWARD... and many, many mooooore!

And, oh, I must say... you are a spittin' image of your mom!!!

Happy Birthday Howard! Ancestry research can become a little addictive (as evidenced by a 5,000+ family tree that I created). I stopped my research a few years ago, due to my hectic work schedule as well as I had exhausted most available electronic records. If you research your French Canadian ancestors, you may be surprised by some of the information that is available -- French Canadian church birth, marriage and death records contains some great information, including the women's maiden name. I was able to successfully trace one of my family lines to the early Quebec settlers (i.e., I was able to take some limited family knowledge and fill in the gaps with the church records). Similar to you, I had limited luck tracing ancestors in Europe or other non-US/Canada counties. Although what I was able to locate was all very interesting. When you finish with your Ancestry subscription, www.findagrave.com is another good source of information (and it is free). Enjoy!

Howard, sorry to be day late on birthday wishes but hope it was a good one. I know meeting up with you was the highlight of the trip for Mary. I do have some family pictures we could scan in for your computer and some history any time you are in our part of Texas. Doris Houchin was big on researching it and fortunately we did not lose her research in Tena's house fire. I am trying to gather it all up and put in my office vault. I know you favor Mary so much and I would say Uncle Danley too. Safe travels.

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