I hardly know where to start. For several years I thought that my father's ancestry was the interesting and important one. It can be traced back to the Mayflower.
Then one day, a few months before she died, I asked my mother what she knew or remembered about her birth parents. She had been adopted as an infant but I knew that she had contact with her birth mother until she was about 5 years old. She told me that her mother's name was Frances Karr and her father Thomas Sullivan. With that meager bit of information I was able to find her families history the very next day. And what a story there is to tell! I find it in the history books of Oregon and Washington complete with pictures. Her great, great grandmother was the 3rd white woman to come over the Rockies to become a missionary to the Indians.
I need fill in information on the James Anderson Karr family in Hoquiam, Washington. I know that information is available through the Mary Richardson Walker chapter of the DAR in Longview Washington and that will be my next avenue of research.
This is exciting stuff, this genealogy.