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Tracing My Family Roots
Often the search begins with a desire to know more about names written in the family Bible. In our case, it starts with a child’s school project. As details of our family’s past begin to unfold, we discover a fascinating story to tell. And there is always another chapter to discover.
We began by collecting stories regarding the Elcik surname and Pam’s maiden name McClanahan. Because of interest, we added: Adams, Brekke, Byras, DeRosa, Gamache, Lucas, Skillin, and Strand. There are now dozens of surnames, and the family tree continues to grow.
With Beth Gamache joining the project, and her talent for enlisting other contributors, our motivation to continue also grows. I no longer feel the perceived isolation of Ol’ Lonely, the Maytag repairman. Instead, I have transitioned into the Rodney Dangerfield of Genealogy, as genealogists get no respect.
John P. Elcik, IV
Fort Myers, Florida
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