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Re: What is your most interesting discovery?

Here's my list:

1. Reuniting the family with the grandchildren and great grandchildren of my maternal great grandfather's sister. They had lost touch with the family for over 50 years. Through using Legacy.Com, and a free white pages search on the internet, the only record I got for that last name in the entire state of Missouri was for a member of that family. The rest is history.

2. Finding out that my maternal great grandfather's middle name was not Bareford, but Balfour, which is the name of the plantation his father was on during the 1870 Census. I discovered this on his WW1 Draft Card. I am hypothesizing that his father was enslaved by the Balfour family of MS and an trying to find documentation to corroborate that hypothesis. They had a son with the exact name Louis Balfour, while my great grandfather was named Louis Balfour Atlas.

3. Finding out that my maternal great great grandfather was a prominent member of society in Carroll Parish and served on the Police Jury.

4. Finding out that my paternal great great grandfather was one of the men who captured Cherokee Bill and that he served in the Civil War; I just got a copy of his pension file and the mail but have yet to read it.

5. Tracing my paternal grandfather's family tree back to my great great great grandfather and finding him in a parish in LA that was once the same parish that my maternal family came from; thus indicating that three of my four grandparents were descendants of people who all came from Northeastern Louisiana.

6. Finding Ed Adams and helping him fill in a gap about his family through finding out he's related to my uncle; all by way of one post in the slave research forum on AfriGeneas. :)

7. Taking my first official research trip in March 2006 and meeting over 25 family members I had not met before.

8. Discovering my grandmother was not the second oldest in the family, but the third oldest when we located a family member working at the butcher's block during my research trip. Connecting with that man and his 90 year old aunt who lives less than 10 miles from where I grew up and where my sister and mother currently live.

9. Starting a tree with only 400 people, and growing it to more than 1200 :)

10. Finding AfriGeneas and having the ability to help others find their family history.

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