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Shalon Hoyle
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  • Washington, IA
  • United States
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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Van Houten, Duselder, Potter, Cady, Wilcox, Brown, Cousins
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
United States, Netherlands, Ireland, Canada
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
My father is adopted and we wanted to find information on his biological father.

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The Role of Fate in Genealogy

I have been able to find quite a bit of information in the last couple of weeks.  I received birth, marriage and death certificates ordered from England on quite a few members of my family.  We had concrete birth dates, concrete marriage dates, concrete death dates, at last.  My father stared at each one of them, touched them, smiled at them.  The most moving certificate form him was his father's birth certificate.  "I have people, " he said.  More certificates were ordered, and now we sit…

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Posted on January 25, 2015 at 7:25pm

A Dirty Little Secret

After several weeks of not being able to find my grandfather in the 1911 census, I started to wonder about the theory my cousin's husband had.  Could my grandfather really have been sent to Canada?  I searched for my grandfather in passenger records from England to Canada.  My cousin's husband had mentioned a record he found and I took a look at it.  Charles Brown, passenger with the Waifs and Strays Society, en route to Canada in 1912.  The boy in this record was the right age to be my…

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Posted on January 8, 2015 at 9:09pm

The Evolution of my Father's Identity

At this point, I started to see a side of my father I had never seen.  To give some history, I am an only child and a daddy's girl.  I have no problem admitting that I was a spoiled child.  My parents had some difficulty having me and I was a preemie.  In addition, in light of my dad's background, he worked very had to make sure I had everything I needed and wanted.  He worked very hard to make sure I knew how much he loved me and how important I was.  Even as an adult, my dad does a lot for…

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Posted on January 1, 2015 at 10:05am

A Past Revealed (Warning - this is a long one)

When I read my dad's adoption file and found my grandfather's Canadian Army discharge date, I had no way of knowing what the one little number would reveal.  I had no way of knowing the pain it would reveal and how it would affect my dad.  After finding the date, I went to the Canadian Army webpage to search for military records.  I found a World War I listing for Charles E F Brown, but the birth year was off by four years and he was born in England.  I read the Attestation Form and it…

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Posted on January 1, 2015 at 9:35am

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At 9:10am on November 13, 2014, Shalon Hoyle said…

I have always said that the biggest thing genealogy has taught me is to WRITE THINGS DOWN.  I am constantly frustrated by lost stories, poor recording keeping and the like.  In addition, I have always said that my dad's story is fascinating and that it should be shared.  So that's what I'm going to do.  I'm going to write it down and share it with others.  This crazy journey my family has been on has covered almost two decades, a lot of emotions and a lot of discovery.  My gift to my dad is the preservation of his story.

 
 
 

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