I was born in south Louisiana in 1973, and raised on a multigenerational family farm in Waxia, Louisiana. I always thought that my family was small, as my mother was adopted and my father was far removed from all but his siblings. Because my mother requested, I did not research into my genealogy until after she passed away in 2010. My mother strongly felt that her parents were the people who adopted her, and that was that. She did not want to know more, and she did not want my research to cause heretofore-ignored biological relatives of hers to contact her.
My mother's real mother was 2nd cousin to my adopted grandmother, so an intrafamily adoption somewhat complicates matters in regards to exactly how our family tree works. My mother's biological father is unknown, so there is a branch of my family tree which is quite literally a mystery to me. There is also some intermarrying within my family tree, so for an amateur genealogist who is flying blind, it has very rapidly become overwhelming and confusing.
I have spent my life working, raising children, and waiting for a time when the adequate aging of old scandals and adequate DNA advances made it feasible for me to research the unknown...And thus, I am here, a soul with only a partial knowledge of her family, and a burning desire to discover it. It brings me great joy that here, I can not only explore, but also share what I do know. While my mother's side is quite mysterious, my father's side is well-documented, and contains some of the largest Cajun and Creole families in south Louisiana.
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