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Genealogy Serendipity

Last week, while leading my Legacy User Group (genealogy software) a new individual joined our group and her last name was See. I’m sure my eyes lit up and I said, I'm sure we are related. My great grandmother’s name was Hattie Jane See, and I joined The Daughters of the American Revolution under John See. Unfortunately I’ve never met any See relatives. Later towards the end of the class, I asked her and she said she was descended from David See and Anna Lowell (the daughter of my murdering pirate), my 2nd Great Grandparents. Not only are we related, it is closer connection than I had initially hoped for.

She contacted me later and it turns out that her grandfather provided the burial plot for my grandfather. Her father is still living and I've got my fingers crossed that he might have more information on my great grandmother. I'm so excited to get to know her and her father better.

I am an orphan at 62

It's been awhile since I've written. Last December, right before Christmas, my last remaining sibling was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had metastasized. As she was unmarried and her daughters lived out-of-state, I gladly stepped up to take her to her doctor appointments, helped her discuss end-of-life decisions, etc. At the beginning of August, she had an adverse effect from her chemo treatment, ended up in the hospital and was sent to a care facility for "rehab." The pain was so severe at this time that she was unable to participate in her rehab treatment and we had to move her to a different care center. I was able to get her on hospice care, and she sadly passed away on September 14, 2017.

Since her passing, I've missed the sisters celebrating our birthdays in September and October, a tradition we started when we lost our brother at the age of 56. So now I'm 63 and am an orphan, having lost my dad in 1992, brother in 2004, oldest sister in 2013…