Somehow I didn't get either msg, from you Janet or Lezlie but found it today. Unless my memory is really gone, I'd like to remind anyone who reads this that normally Family Tree DNA has a sale in December on their kits. So start planning and saving now! Here's a short (lol) reminder on why one should DNA test. The location of your ancestor sometimes follows migratory patterns so you can start tracing them backwards. But sometimes your ancestor may be living right smack dab in the middle of a town filled with people of the same last name but no paper trail connection, so you get stuck, and wait...and research, and research some more. DNA testing with some of the other surname descendants (like Dawson) can show whether you are related or not and if not...that puts the brakes on researching a dead horse. If others have tested (and FTDNA has the largest database to compare to), then it's possible to get a jump start to a new location and family to start working on your search again.