This is my Dad and Mom, Dexter and Louise Halldin in 1941, 12 years before I was born.
Why searching for my family? Because I am, have been, always will be. It’s not that I don’t have a family – I do – a mixed bag of nuts for sure and I love them! I am searching for ancestral family, those who came before us and all that. I also am looking for family that I never knew existed – I have found cousins – have met some – and learned more about our family as a result. I guess this current urge to put the search for family in a blog is due to my DNA test I recently took. I have always known that my father’s family was from Sweden, his parents emigrated in the late 1800’s and so when I did my DNA test I was certain I would turn up 50% Swedish and the other 50% a mixed bag of English and French from what my mom told me her heritage was. I couldn’t have been more surprised when my ethnicity came up very different!
52% Great Britain – ok, that made sense from Mom’s side, 17% Irish (What?? no Irish that I have found, but could happen I guess) 16% Western European (Makes more sense with French included there), 10% Italy/Greece and 1% Scandinavian. Whoa! what the heck??? First thought in my mind is that my Dad Dexter was not my biological father…what else could I think??? My mom was a strange lady and she sure liked the men, so anything is possible. So I have been trying to figure out what is causing this ethnicity quandary! I mean, maybe my Swedish grandparents parents came from Ireland or Western Europe? or ??? I will not profess to be even remotely able to understand DNA and it’s variables – which are many – but still.! so one of my male cousins on my dad’s side – he would be my first cousin once removed – his dad was my dad’s nephew, said he would test his DNA, then his sister did it and her daughter did it. I am not coming up as a match to my male cousin or my female cousins daughter – female cousin’s results are in yet. This is all on Ancestry.com where they match you up to other test takers and give you lots of cousins for sure. I DO show up as cousin to people in Alabama, or family ties to Alabama and I have NO CLUE how that happened…we have no family in Alabama but I am still studying that one – maybe someone on my mom’s side ended up there – but I am not finding it yet! Anyhow – all of that has started me going through old pictures, researching my family tree as far back as I can go. I have made some interesting discoveries that I will be sharing. I am hoping that my family will read this and learn and that any other readers will just be interested in the weirdness of it all!!!