The family grew over time until Robin had a sister and two brothers. Except for a brief (about six month) stay in Colorado in 1955, the family always lived in the San Francisco-Bay Area of California.
On 1 Jan 1956, Jim and Betty along with their two daughters, moved to Walnut Creek, Contra Costa, California, United States. Robin's parents would remain in that home in Walnut Creek until their deaths in 1996 and 1997.
In September 1956, Robin started kindergarten at Parkmead Elementary School in Walnut Creek. By the time she reached the fourth grade (age 9) the community had grown and so a new elementary school had been built. Starting in the fourth grade, she attended Tice Valley Elementary School until she completed the sixth grade. For the intermediate grades she returned to Parkmead Intermediate School (Junior High School). In June of 1965 she graduated and was headed to high school. On 12 Jun 1969 she graduated from Del Valle High School in Walnut Creek.
During her school years, Robin was involved in many different activities. She started in the Brownies, Troop 167, when in the second grade. Eventually, she "flew up" to the Girl Scouts with the rest of her troop. Robin stayed with the Girl Scouts until she was about 15 years old. During those years she regularly attended Girl Scout Day Camps and once attended a remote camp in the Sierra foothills for two weeks when she was about 11 years old.
As she always thought that she wanted to be a nurse, she joined an organization in Junior High School called the Junior Gray Ladies. This organization provided volunteers to help the elderly in local Convalescent Homes. Later she would become a Candy Striper and work in one of the local hospitals. While in High School, she joined a program called Career Exploration. This allowed her to work at a higher capacity in the hospitals. The goal of the program was to give High School students an opportunity to experience what their anticipated career would entail.
So did she go on to become a nurse? No!
After graduating from High School, rather than going on to attending Community College and then a Nursing School, her dad convinced her to attend a school that prepared young women to go into an airline career. This school was in Los Angeles, California. Robin was not interested in becoming a "Stewardess", but thought working as a Reservations Agent, or some similar type of employment, would be interesting. Unfortunately, at the time of her graduation, the airline industry was struggling and there were very few jobs available. Rather than returning home immediately, Robin and her roommate decided to see the sights in the "big city" for a few days - until their money ran out. But on the first day out, they saw a company called Nancy Nolan Employment Agency. Nancy Nolan was noted for finding clerical employees for many of the businesses in the Los Angeles area. Ultimately, both Robin and her roommate both found jobs within two days, and started working, each at an insurance company as Clerk Typists, within three days. The two young women combined their remaining funds, were able to stay in the school dormitory for six weeks, and with their early earnings, the two women, along with another airline school graduate, were able to rent an apartment in Hollywood. Thus began the next eight years of Robin's life in Los Angeles.
to be continued...
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↑ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLJX-BGV : 27 November 2014), Robin Arlyn Dodge, 11 Feb 1951; citing Alameda, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Robin by comparing test results with other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Robin: