Clara Friddle and husbandEarlier in the year, I had my DNA analyzed by ancestry.com and received my results within a few weeks.  It was so amazing to see all the areas of the world where my ancestry began, and how those early relatives scattered and connected, and where we have all established ourselves today.  I now have the confirmation that my family tree connections were correct, even generations back. If you haven’t researched your ancestry, you should.  The kits are not that expensive.  Our son and daughter-in-law gifted my husband and me with ours last Christmas, and it was exciting for the whole family to see the results.  My husband is adopted, so it has a special meaning for him to connect with birth relatives, most of whom he was unaware.

I began researching genealogy back in the 80’s, and had reached a lot of dead ends, but now a new world is opening up.  I find it utterly fascinating.  It is like unraveling a mystery, discovering interesting stories and characters, while longtime questions I have had are finally answered.   How many more questions are there that I am not even aware of yet?

It is an adventure, and so many people all over the world have uploaded their trees, their records, their photos.  Ancestry.com makes it so easy.  I am in the process of scanning all my old photos and records to upload into the families where they belong.  I have worried about all of them when I am gone, what would become of them should my children or grandchildren have no interest in them.  I can’t imagine that, but still, years from now, who knows?  This is the answer, a place for them, for generations who follow to actually see us, their ancestors.  It is incredibly liberating for me.  My tree can be viewed here.

The photo I have inserted above is of my grand aunt and her husband: Clara Friddle and Frank Bowen.  Clara was twelve when her pioneer family came from Alabama in a covered wagon to settle in East Texas in 1894.  My grandfather Tom, Clara’s younger brother, was a boy of five when they arrived.    Clara and Frank had no children, but they were beloved by their nieces and nephews.  I just want them to be remembered, so here they are.


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I am a private person, but need a place to publish my writings, which have accumulated over the years.   I am in the autumn of my life, and feel the need to preserve some of what I have written in forms of poetry, short stories, and articles.  I have written one novel and now am working on my second one. I live quietly with my husband of 57 years, as of this coming November, in Texas.  My ancestors first came to Texas prior to the Civil War.  Other than the five or so years when we moved out of state, I have lived my life here. Anything more you may wish to know about me, you can hopefully gather from my writings, as far as my values, my character, and my impressions of humanity -- in as much and as far as I have experienced it, or imagined it.

2 thoughts on “DNA”

  1. This is so interesting. I know how it must feel for you to confirm so much of your research. I need to register on ancestry.com so I can view your tree. Since it’s mine as well! We heard a lot about Aunt Clara growing up but to see this picture of her makes it so much more meaningful. Wouldn’t you love to have been able to talk to her about her journey to East Texas with our grandfather. I sure would. I really appreciate what you have done.


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