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Deborah Estes (#48063629)
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Bio Photo Hello!

First, yes, I submitted my wedding photo taken 15 years ago for my profile picture because, frankly, I'm not very photogenic and it's the only photo I really like. I'll look around for a more recent photo to post.

I was born in Montana in the 1960s and now live in the Fairview, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. I live here with my husband and our furry child, Bella, the Border Collie.

I was adopted at 3 days old, so became fascinated by the DNA sequencing services that have popped up in the past few years. I had my DNA sequenced by three of those services and learned that I am of Finnish descent - haplogroup U5a1b1c1,and I have be able to discern many of the surnames in my biological family tree.

Using information I gleaned from DNA cousins about their own family trees, I began building my own biological family tree, backwards, on Ancestry.com and poof! I am hooked!

There are few things I'd rather do than work on a family tree, whether my own or belonging to someone else. I've also enjoyed documenting and researching my adoptive family's tree and have been able to provide the family with many previously unknown facts and stories. Fun!

I recently found myself wanting to help others who are - adopted or not - wanting to document their family trees and I thought becoming a Find A Grave volunteer would be a way to fulfill that desire. I was surprised at how much I love walking through old grave yards. It's very peaceful and I find the time I spend there soothing.

I was a legal secretary and paralegal in complex litigation for 20+ years before retiring from the working life about 10 years ago. I love using the detective-like abilities I learned during my working years to figure out genealogical mysteries!

I have a lot to learn, including exactly how to use this site properly, so be patient with me. ;)

Happy hunting, everyone! It's great to be a part of this.

Deborah
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