“Start” (again) – Week 1


So here we are.  Again.

After being away from my research for a little over a year, I’m back at it.

I thought a good place to start would be Amy Johnson Crow’s “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” blog prompts.  This is the prompt for week 1 “Start” … and I’m already late.  Good to know some things never change.

It’s hard figuring out where you left off.  It’s a good thing I was in the middle of the Genealogy Do-Over (pay no attention to the fact that it’s year #3)!  I’m currently working on renaming my grandfather’s documents and entering those and all the information into RootsMagic and Evidentia.  I’m trying to remember to write down my questions as I come across them so I can create a research plan for each.  I’ve re-subscribed to some paid websites, but I’ve vowed only to use them to create a research plan for now.  No rabbit holes for me! (wink wink, nudge nudge)

Here we go.  Ancestor #1 – John Joseph Gallagher (aka Joseph Smith).  This is my maternal grandfather.  He was born in Manhattan in 1924, abandoned at the hospital, and turned over to the Foundling Hospital.  He was adopted in 1928.  He is also the person who got me started in genealogy by trying to discover his own history.  He died in 1990, and we still have no idea who his biological parents are.  I’m hoping that soon the legislators in New York state will see fit to change the law that keeps adoption records sealed for eternity.

I was able to get Y-DNA from my uncle (at the time, my grandfather’s only living male descendant), so I just keep watching and waiting for a significant match that might crack the case.  Patience isn’t my strong suit.

Meanwhile, I’ll just keep plugging away at getting my files reorganized and move on to week #2.


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Author: Jenny Lanctot

I have been working on my genealogy in earnest (albeit in fits and starts) since around 1990. My approach to my research has evolved exponentially since those days (read: I actually appear to know what I’m doing now), and I am enrolled in ProGen 24 on my way toward certification. I am a Paralegal in a small law firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I am the Editor of Southern Roots & Shoots, the quarterly publication of the Chattanooga Delta Genealogy Society.

Aside from work, blogging, and my genealogy research, in my spare time I like to … wait … I forgot, I don’t have any spare time. If I had ANY spare time, I would travel (for research) and write (about my research).

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