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This week I made my biggest ever breakthrough on my tree, when I managed to solve a 20 year brickwall, thanks to the powers of DNA. For 20 years I have had one 'missing' great great grandfather.

Of my 16 great great grandparents, one has always been listed as 'unknown father', well not anymore!!!!!

If I said it was like looking for a needle in a haystack, well before, I didn't even know which haystack to even look in!!!!

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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 28 June 20 23:44 BST (UK) »
Amazing story
Thanks for sharing

Our needle in haystack was ;

My grandmother s  middle name led us to her birth father but it was an extra bonus when DNA led us to descendants of the unknown grandparents who also had photos so we could share photos and compare family likeness too .
I now have all 16 of my great great grandparents too
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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 28 June 20 23:53 BST (UK) »
Oh wow what a similar story but what great bonus that you were also able to trace living descendants that led to the bonus of the photos, priceless!!
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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #3 on: Monday 29 June 20 00:08 BST (UK) »
I had a similar breakthrough 2 years ago, having searched (off and on)  for a great grandfather since the 1950s.

I did a DNA test  2 - 3 years ago and after a lot of investigations and grouping of matches and more traditional research, I found him in 3 months.

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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #4 on: Monday 29 June 20 00:21 BST (UK) »
I had a similar breakthrough 2 years ago, having searched (off and on)  for a great grandfather since the 1950s.

I did a DNA test  2 - 3 years ago and after a lot of investigations and grouping of matches and more traditional research, I found him in 3 months.

 :D

Thats amazing! Congratulations to have been searching since the 1950's is incredible, you must feel so elated at having finally made the breakthrough
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« Reply #5 on: Monday 29 June 20 00:39 BST (UK) »
Well, I didn't spend all of the intervening years searching - only off and on - as I had a job to do for much of the time  ;D

What was even more interesting  was that he and his parents and siblings had lived in the same  house that my great grandfather from another line had later lived (and died) in.
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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #6 on: Monday 29 June 20 01:32 BST (UK) »
Well, I didn't spend all of the intervening years searching - only off and on - as I had a job to do for much of the time  ;D

What was even more interesting  was that he and his parents and siblings had lived in the same  house that my great grandfather from another line had later lived (and died) in.

How spooky is that, what are the chances of that
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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #7 on: Monday 29 June 20 13:49 BST (UK) »
How wonderful, congratulations :)
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« Reply #8 on: Monday 29 June 20 14:36 BST (UK) »
How wonderful, congratulations :)


Thanks Trish, much appreciated
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