I am a reunited adoptee. (Really don't even like sharing that!) Here's what went down, and how I ended up with so many surnames.
In 1962 I was given the name Tanya Lorraine Owen, which my mother thought was her surname. Turns out her father was a Silzer and her mother was a Kerik. I was relinquished at age 1 year and was adopted at age 1.5. The adopting parents were Nygaard (mother figure was a Vikedal). They changed my name to Tanya Marie Nygaard. They divorced. Then at age 10 the adoptive mother married a Stafford. He adopted me, I became a Stafford. At age 20 I married and my surname became Bull. I had one child before marrying, gave the child their father's surname. Anyway, we divorced.
I went on to train as a Writer/Producer for Television and was considering becoming a broadcast news reporter. I thought saying "This is Tanya Bull reporting" was horrid, so I chose the name of the man I was living with and legally changed my name to Williams.
Later I got remarried at age 26 to a Bryant. We had two children. We divorced after 14 years. (Not my fault for any of the divorces by the way...lol) While in the second marriage and while I was President of Parent Finders, I was reunited with my Mother of Choice. (I believe we choose our parents) Just before this time a "Secret Revealed" caused a rift and "disowning" from the "Stafford" family.
After a few years, I asked my Mother and Father if I could become their child again. They agreed. I filed a Petition under the name Tanya Marie Bryant here in Alberta. I took this upon myself with no lawyer. This petition requested that my adoption(s) (there were two) be terminated. It passed. I immediately changed my surname to Lowry. My birth registration does not reflect my father because of his attitude toward my mother during her pregnancy with me.
Even though I have married again. I choose to stay with the name Lowry. Mainly, it's because I believe it is important to change ones surname if one is having children together, which we are not.
There you have the short version of my many surnames. Tanya Lorraine Marie Owen Nygaard Stafford Bull Williams Bryant Lowry. Tanya Marie Lowry...is my return to self!
More: Hunting down my Tree of Origin has been exciting and started when I was six! (officially when I was 18) almost 40 years ago.
I put this tree here to help my descendants to sort that puzzle out. In essence no one ought to recall all those names except my children who can recite them with ease. LOL! Just in case though, I am making it apparent who I was, who I am and who they come from!
By the way, in researching my bio tree I discovered I am 17 steps from actually being related to my adoptive family...go figure! LOL
In the Grand scheme of things, We are all cousins!
To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to the following WikiTreers, whether or not they are currently on the Trusted Lists: Digital Afterlife It may seem morbid, but in the event of my untimely demise I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree ends up being put in the hands of strangers who don't let my family manage. (That is not a nice feeling.) While I fully intend on being around to manage all my profiles for the next 80 years or so (heh), in the event of my sudden death I hereby give permission for all of my private profiles to be transferred to any of the following slightly-active WikiTreers in my family, whether or not they are currently on the trusted lists:
Tamara Bull-Norrish (child) Therian Bryant (child) Taliah Bryant (child) Rhonda Lowry (sister) Charlie Lowry (niece)
If I am the sole profile manager of a large number of profiles in any past royal family. They can be passed off to any interested WikiTreer under PPP.
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On 18 Sep 2019 at 08:39 GMT Alisha Huffman wrote:
It looks like we may be distant cousins. Possibly through the Vann family. A comparison of our GEDmatch shows our largest matching segment is on Chr 6 with a MRCA 7.7 generations. So, a big HELLO from your extended family in Texas.
On 14 Sep 2019 at 02:25 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:
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On 11 Sep 2019 at 23:57 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
Wanna have some fun ? It's almost time for the Source-a-Thon 2019 (Friday 4 October-Monday 7 October) and we would love to see you ! make sure to first register (with an answer!), and let them know you join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders and of course feel free to add your name to the team here (click link) (don't forget to remember and add your number (for the prizedrawings) there as well). ;)
Hope to see you soon and have a great day,
Bea + Astrid :)
On 2 Aug 2019 at 15:39 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:
In July 2019, you made 1000+ (actually, over 1700!) contributions to our Shared Tree! I commend for your time and effort. Keep up the great work!
By the way: What a fascinating bio you have!
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On 1 Jul 2019 at 19:12 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:
Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!
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On 7 Jun 2019 at 21:59 GMT Luwana (Mayberry) Faulkenburg wrote:
On 7 Jun 2019 at 11:56 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:
Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!
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On 2 Apr 2019 at 04:58 GMT Tanya Lowry wrote:
What's strange is, I have barely touch my own tree. I have ended up adopting and sourcing a bunch of others the best I can, instead. Never mind helping and encouraging others to join WT! LOL
On 1 Apr 2019 at 01:10 GMT David Selman wrote:
Thank you for adding your contributions to WikiTree. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree. Thank you for being a Wikitreer,
On 19 Jan 2019 at 19:31 GMT Christina (Church) Ramey wrote: