The DNA didn't lie

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I am thrilled to share that I broke down a huge brick wall today.  My great grandmother was born in 1875 and married by 1892, so the only census I could find her on was 1880.  On this census she is living with an unknown family as an orphan.  Her death certificate didn't have parent names and neither did her marriage certificate.  To top it off her maiden name was somewhat common--Campbell.  Then last night I decided to check in on my DNA matches on Ancestry because it had been a while. I found one  extremely high match with the Campbell surname, which originated near the counties I was searching. After exchanging messages and emails, we talked on the phone and agreed to dig a little deeper.  She then sends me a report from a genealogist her mother had hired and on page 31 of 55, there was the proof..my g. grandmother was listed as a sister to her Campbell relative. It only took 20 years, but she is no longer lost to history. I just wanted to share this to encourage others not to give up.
in The Tree House by Jen Schwartz G2G6 Mach 1 (10.8k points)
There is light at the end of this long brick tunnel!!!!! Thanks for encouraging all of us.

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Jennifer, this is the kind of breakthrough that we all dream of. Congratulations!! I need more than a couple of these!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
selected by Jen Schwartz
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Congratulations on finally breaking down your brick wall!!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (928k points)
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WOW, what wonderful news this is!

Thank you so much for sharing this inspirational experience, and I'm getting goose-bumps of happiness just from reading how you've made such a breakthrough.  

Congratulations!
by Cynthia Larson G2G6 Pilot (170k points)
Jennifer, thank you for sharing your awesome news with us. Your hard work and determination to put the wrecking ball to your brick wall paid off, and gives us all hope. Thank you to all of the folks who share the results of their DNA tests.
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Please add this finding to WikiTree https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:DNA_Confirmation#One-to-One_AncestryDNA_Confirmation or even better - encourage her to add her information to GEDmatch and then add this information to Wikitree https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:DNA_Confirmation#One-to-One_GEDmatch_Confirmation

by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (559k points)
Thank you, that's very helpful. She's on Gedmatch so I'll work on that today.
Good to hear she is in GEDmatch.  Please encourage her to join WikiTree and connect to your shared ancestry in WikiTree.

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