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I. Project Introduction:

Welcome to our Ancestry section.

Our genealogy work has been an effort to expand our understanding of our heritage using the classic approach of following family information to locate vital records, family documents and news articles to identify all the people and families that are part of our heritage.  In addition to using data we discover on our own, we have also received information from other researchers who were developing their own leads and databases when their information surfaced and they made a connection to one or more of our family tree branches.
We started this web in November of 2000 in an attempt to share what we had discovered.  Our hope was that others would find our site and would share details they believed might be helpful to our existing data, or to expanding existing surname branches.  A secondary goal focused on needing to have feedback about the information displayed to be sure we hadn’t misunderstood any details, or missed known people. Originally, our genealogical effort was and still uses a classic document seeking approach, and it is available at this link: “Classic Family Tree”.
Since going public with our family information we have met distant cousins and made new friends, which added to the fun and adventure of ancestor hunting.  It was while we were doing this work, a friendship with Cliff Rines in Ontario, Canada developed into a data sharing partnership. Cliff has been working with one of his Rines family members for years and compiled an enormous amount of information on his heritage and associated family surname branches. When we first met, it seemed like we would find our common ancestor quickly, but unfortunately that connection still eludes us to this day.
While “Classic Family Tree” research methods have been our primary process for collecting information, we knew not long into our project that our historic family branch horizons would be unpredictable and severely limited because of paper’s limited life cycle. To help get around the limitations of paper, we expanded our methods of ancestor discovery early in 2006 by including Genetic Genealogy processes through the use of DNA analysis. This new approach is explained in detail in our "Genetic Genealogy" section. 
Our genetic focus has already developed a very broad overview of the migratory paths of my surname’s genetic markers and my mother's maternal marker trail. It has also opened up an entirely new area of science to discover and explore as we pursue new connections to our ancestry.  While our efforts with this new tool are just getting started, take a few minutes to understand the potential for locating people we could have never known about any other way by exploring the information in our: "Genetic Genealogy".

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