Mona MacFaddin Shaner

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I first became interested in genealogy through my Grandmother Mac, Elizabeth Kellogg MacFaddin. As a child she would tell me things about the family from long ago. At Christmas, from an early age my presents would include mementos from her stash of family heirlooms she had acquired through the years. Each one of these gifts always came with a written history of the origin, owner and dates. In her later years she wanted to join the DAR and spent long hours in libraries in San Francisco and Los Angeles to research her family to reach her goal. In 1961, she was able to join as a descendant of Oliver Breed, the battle of Bunker Hill was fought on Breed's Hill in Boston.

When I married, I thought I would research my husband's side of the family as I felt there wasn't much left for me to do on my side, little did I know. So in the 1990's, I started on his roots. So much has changed in these last years. You no longer have to travel to the National Archives or the Family History Centers. The internet has open many doors for the researcher without leaving home. I wished my Grandmother had lived to see this happen. She would have had a field day.

When my sister became interested in genealogy, I told her it is very addictive but she said it would never happen to her. Well, she is responsible for opening the door to our mother's side of the family that we didn't even know existed. To date she has found 32 direct line families on our mother's side.

Families researching on my side are: MacFaddin, Clark, Schuck, Kellogg, Breed, Rathermel, for starters. The families on my husband's side are: Shaner, McFeeters, Scheffer, and Mong.

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