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Re: What is your most interesting discovery?

Reading this post has been great, I had to read, digest and appreciate every post before adding my own.
1. Discovered that my paternal grandfather had been a buffalo soldier and my have been with Pershing in Mexico...I have to order his records to confirm this. My step-uncle sent a heretofore unknown picture from 1914 and dischage papers listing his enlistment number. grandfather has a VERY common name and used various birthdates, and without this info I would be able to get nowhere.

2. discovered that I am related to nearly everyone in the town of Hillsborough, NC and that my family began purchasing land soon after the end of the Civil War and still own hundreds and hundreds of acres in the area 150 years later.

3. A maternal 3rd cousin once removed was a notorious gun slinger who ran with Billy the Kid and has a National park named for him in NM.

4. A maternal FPOC ancestor owned over 100 slaves, and was a state senator during reconstruction until the rise of the KKK.

5. contacted and embraced by the family of my mother's white ggrandfather's relatives who sent pictures of his parents and a letter written by his sister after a visit describing him as very generous to her and her family (he left them $500 and a 'fine black horse'.

6. Spoke with a Prof who was doing a study I'd volunteered for and found that she KNEW my mother's family and a member of the family was best friends with her mother. Apparently they are a well respected and highly educated family. I have not had the opportunity to research them yet, but she said that she would do the introductions so I would have an easier time getting information.

7. Found a treasure trove of pictures, newspaper clippings and documents of my family, and one picture which settled a family argument as to who she was, in the Eastern Washington Historical Society archives, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. They were thrilled that I was able to provided a family tree so they can keep everything together now.

8. Made contact with a genealogist descendant of my gggrandmother's former owner, and we were surprised at how much a collaboration helped with each others research and breaking through brick walls.

9. Stood in cemeteries where gggrandparents and older were buried, as well as great grandparents, a multitude of great grand aunts and uncles and cousins.

10. finally...growing up in CA with just a few relatives around me..it is awesome to find all of these relatives!

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