Monday, April 24, 2017

Guest Post with Becky Wade: Adoption + Genealogy = Inspiration

Anne here. I am so excited to  in introduce Becky Wade to our coffee shop this week!

I've been a genealogy geek since I was thirteen, and in search of deeper ancestral connections my husband tested his DNA in 2010 and I followed in 2011. So the idea that Becky is not only an amazing person, but that her new release is inspired by the mysteries of genealogy research--rocks my genealogy geek-ness and my ancestry.com-nerd-ness. I can't wait to read her new story!

So, take it away, Becky....

Becky here.
Are you adopted? Do you have friends or family members who are?

My Aunt Carole and Uncle Bill adopted their two children, Chris and Aimee.

Chris and Aimee are very close in age to my two sisters and me. We grew up together. I knew that they'd been adopted, but it didn't really factor into my thinking or feelings. They were our first cousins, just like the rest of our first cousins. We all hunted for Easter eggs on Easter and wore construction paper pilgrim bonnets and Indian feathers on Thanksgiving. We had tea parties with grandma. We went on trips together. And we all took part in the annual Christmas Eve nativity play.
Here we are at one such homemade nativity play. Chris is the brown-haired boy. 
Aimee is in the yellow blanket on the far right. I'm standing. 
The girl in the middle and the baby are my two younger sisters.


Fast forward to 2010 and the debut of a new TV show called Who Do You Think You Are. Have you seen it? It ran on NBC from 2010-2012 and has since aired on TLC.

On the show, celebrities research their genealogy. Inevitably, they uncover all sorts of delicious surprises and scandals along the way. The show is a lovely blend of history and sleuthing and family and I find it fascinating!

Who Do You Think You Are gave me the idea to write a genealogist heroine. Which, in turn, made me wonder, Who can I pair her with? And what "project" can she and the hero work on together?

When he was in his twenties, my cousin Chris searched for and found his birth mother. Which made me think, My hero can be adopted. And because of an... hm?... inherited medical condition... he can be searching for his birth mother. But he's had no success finding her. So who does he call for help? Why, his friendly, smart, and single neighborhood genealogist.

That seed of a story idea became True to You, my new release.

While researching True to You, I read the below book, which speaks with sensitivity and depth about each member of the adoption triad: adoptees, adoptive parents,
and birth parents. It also provided numerous case studies of adoptees who'd been reunited with their birth parents, which was extremely helpful to me as a writer.


I spent quite a bit of time on sites that provided information on birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates. I researched city directories. I viewed plenty of pictures of old census records, like the one below. Doesn't this make you wonder about the lives of the people listed?


All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed researching the subjects of adoption, birth mother search/reunion, and genealogy. In part, because of my own family connection through Chris and Aimee. In part, because — very simply — I find these topics intriguing.

True to You is a love story. But I also hope it's a story that will honor the members of the adoption triad and the genealogists whose work connects us to our ancestors.

Many thanks to the ladies of Coffee Cups & Camisoles for inviting me to visit! Because Nora Bradford, the heroine of True to You, loves books and tea, I've put together a giveaway with that theme just for you. Best of luck!


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Well readers, that's it!! Leave a comment for a chance to win. 
(Limited to U.S.)
Are you adopted?
Have you ever researched, or wanted to research your family ancestry?
Favorite tea?
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
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Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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150 comments:

  1. I have not personally research our genealogy, but my father and uncle have done extensive work on it. They are both retired and will spend weekends traveling to my grandmother's childhood town (Terra Haute, IN) to dig through archives and visit grave sites. It's fun to look over everything they discover.

    Amanda

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    1. It's wonderful to have family members who've done the research! One of my mom's cousin's has traced the genealogy of my maternal grandmother's side of the family.

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  2. I am not adopted, but find genealogy and adoption stories fascinating. Having your heroine be into genealogy is neat and makes your book different from other CBA books.

    Oh, I love hot tea. Traditional English Breakfast or Earl Grey teas are always the best. Now if I could only be successful in making the perfect scones. I have to keep practicing.

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    1. Traditional English Breakfast is my favorite tea, Sylvia. :)

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  3. I'm not adopted, but I love genealogy research. I spent about a year on Ancestry researching both sides of my family. There were a lot of dead ends along the way, but there were also branches that I was able to trace way back (as in about 1,800 years with the longest branch). It was so much fun... there were days when it got overwhelming and all of the names and dates and places started to run together in my head. So fascinating though and I printed off trees for both sides of my family. Everyone really got a kick out of looking back through the trees. :)
    Favorite tea: Twinings New Zealand Breakfast. :)

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    1. I agree, genealogical research is fascinating! I'm amazed that you could trace the longest branch back 1,800 years. !!

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  4. Interesting post, Becky - thank you!! I enjoy genealogy and have researched several illustrious relatives. It is my brother who has spent the most time in researching our family's genealogy, however. His wife used to jokingly comment that he spent more time in the basement (his computer was located there) with the deceased than with the living, LOL.

    I'm looking forward to reading 'True to You', I'm also a tea lover who doesn't often find flavors I don't enjoy. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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    1. "His wife used to jokingly comment that he spent more time in the basement (his computer was located there) with the deceased than with the living" LOL, Bonnie! :)

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    2. Bonnie! So great to hear your voice and see you here this week!

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  5. I am not adopted but have many family members and friends who have adopted children and my husband and I have many discussions about it. I also have not researched my genealogy as I have been blessed on both sides of my family with uncles who have researched and shared the family tree. Maybe someday when my children are older, I will help with the process. I find it fascinating. My favorite tea is Pumpkin Spiced Chai or mint. Yum! Thanks for a chance to win.

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    1. Oooh! Pumpkin spiced chai sounds delicious. I'll need to find some next Autumn.

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  6. I'm not adopted, but the research my family has done on our family history is really neat!

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  7. I'm not adopted physically but I am spiritually. Thankful to be adopted into the family of God.

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    1. Yes! Praise God for adopting us as His sons and daughters.

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    2. Oh sweet, Tiffany. I love that great reminder.

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  8. I have done some genealogy research. I love it! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. I read the novella that leads into this book and really enjoyed it. Look forward to reading this one.

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    1. Thanks for reading my novella, Hayley!

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  10. Genealogy is definitely something I am interested in but have absolutely no idea where to start or even if I will find much. Many years back my husband and I researched his side of the family and found some old records. I love tea. My current favorites are Jasmine Green Tea, Earl Grey and Chai. I think i will go have a cup right now. I would love to win this book. I am a new Becky Wade fan...devouring anything of hers I can get my hands on! :-)

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    1. "I would love to win this book. I am a new Becky Wade fan...devouring anything of hers I can get my hands on!" It makes me so happy to hear that. Thanks, Lenita!

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    2. Lenita, I recommend you look into a free month at Ancestry.com and look at their tutorials for beginners. I also recommend watching the TV series by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. called Finding Your Roots. He is or was a professor at Harvard for Black History and often features stories of how to research all sorts of family history, but has a particular interest for the secrets of discovering black history in America. Best of luck!

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  11. I want to set aside some time and dive into my geneology. I know absolutely nothing about my family history. Although, since I don't know my father, it might be one sided.

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    1. It might be intriguing to put your sleuth hat on, Sarah, and see what you can uncover.

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    2. Sarah, my husband also doesn't know his father. You might look into testing you DNA on 23&Me. As a female, you will only discover your female "haplo-group" marker (that traces your roots to the country of origin). You won't learn your father's halo-group sing you don't carry a Y chromosome. But if you have a full brother, or half brother from your father, you might encourage them to test to help you identify some matches. When my husband did that, it was such a special experience for him to see on the cousin-connect site of 23&Me, paternally matched cousins. Though distant, there is a certain kinship stirred in him just to see it. Blessings on your journey!

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  12. I am not adopted. My parents are big time into geneaology and I find it fascinating. I love mint teas and love to try new flavors. I can't wait for the release of Becky Wade's new book. I love everything she has written!! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  13. I'm not adopted and we've tried searching for genealogy on my husband's side. It's been a long and so process but his father has finally started making some headway.

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  14. I am not adopted. I would love to research my family tree. I already have some of it from a family member that has done some work. My favorite tea is raspberry hibiscus.

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  15. On my dads family side they have researched back to the people who first came to America. We are Austrian on his side. MY moms side is harder to find the truth! But we are scottish at least a little.
    I love a good cup of earl grey tea!
    E.Kate

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    1. I think it's wonderful that you were able to research back to the family members who first came to America from Austria. It sounds like you have a good reason to head to Europe.... :)

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  16. I am not adopted, but genealogy seems really interesting! I had talked to my mom about that commercial that says you can send your blood sample off to see your genealogy. She did it but said it wasn't accurate at all. She has done some genealogy of her line that is super interesting! I did find out I have some indian in me!

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    1. Interesting! Both my mother and father and law also did the blood test, too.

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  17. I have a cranberry holiday tea that I love. I don't remember the name of it off the top of my head, but it's amazing.

    I'm not adopted, but my husbands brothers all are. He's the youngest - the miracle child that the doctors said could never be.

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    1. "He's the youngest - the miracle child that the doctors said could never be." I love that. God often foils science and doctors!

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  18. I'm not adopted. I would love to know more about my family's history. I have spent hours talking to my grandpa before he died learning about his life. It was very interesting. As for tea, I am a huge fan of Herbal teas. My favorite is caramel apple dream.

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    1. Oh Kelly! I love that you spent time interviewing your grandfather. Priceless!!

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  19. I am not adopted, but have always thought it would be interesting to do some family ancestry research. I love tea, berry green tea and chai tea, tea with lemon, depends on my mood. I am very excited for this book!!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I'm enjoying hearing about everyone's favorite teas. It's inspiring me to branch out and try new flavors.

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  20. My husband and I adopted two girls and it's been such a blessing! Just a little FYI, we try to use positive adoption language, and one of the important ones is not saying "you are adopted", more appropriate is "you were adopted". That way adoption is not portrayed as part of their identity that makes them different or not normal, but it was an occurrence, how they joined our family. I hope that makes sense!

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    1. It makes perfect sense! Thanks for that, Heidi.

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  21. I am personally not adopted but my best friend Ashley who now lives in VA was adopted as a baby after a collapsed lung made her deaf. A nice family doctor saw her and fell in love with her, therefore adopting her. My favorite kinds of tea are peppermint or aged earl grey with orange spice.

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  22. I think adoption is a wonderful thing. I feel if someone doesn't think they can parent their child, adoption would be a great choice.

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  23. I am not adopted but I also had two cousins who were adopted but like you, they were just part of the family.

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  24. My grandmother when she was alive was fascinated with family history. I had friends that she later discovered were related to me! I have copies of her family tree that date back several generations. I'm not as much into that as she was. I know lots of families with adopted kids. Grew up next door to one.

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    1. "My grandmother when she was alive was fascinated with family history. I had friends that she later discovered were related to me!" Oh, wow! How cool.

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  25. I was not adopted but we have adoptions in our family. It's wonderful that love and family doesn't have to be by what some call "blood". I have researched our family tree as much as I can. However, my grandfather came from the old country and left everything behind him refusing to talk about it. So that part of the tree has very few leaves on it. I love citrus green tea. :)

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    1. "It's wonderful that love and family doesn't have to be by what some call "blood"." So true!

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  26. I loved Who do you think You Are?! I recently discovered episodes of the British version on YouTube. I have several cousins that were adopted but they've never been anything but family. My husband and I do hope to adopt some day. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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    1. I didn't realize there was a British version of Who Do You Think You Are! I'll have to check that out.

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  27. I get to meet a niece in June who was adopted by a family many years ago. So excited to get to know her!

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  28. Ooh! This looks like a fascinating story. I've always loved history and the stories that you might find in researching your family. Can't wait!

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  29. I have "puttered" with genealogy since a child...more seriously at times. I love learning about my ancestry!

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  30. I was not adopted but my mother abducted me when I was 4 years old. I met my heart broken father and his side of the family when I was twelve. One thing I have learned in life is that when you forgive those who have hurt you, it is you who is freed.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing that, Kelly.

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    2. Kelly, there's a power packed story and lesson in the three short sentences you shared. Thank you, and blessings on the God-Authored ancestral story you are walking out.

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  31. In researching my family history I found that stories my dad and his mom tod me were true. My paternal grandfather and his brother were adopted in the sense that they took on the name of the man who married their mother after their birth father died. There was no formal adoption back then. I hit a dead end in researching it, but came to understand the compassion that man had in taking on two young children.

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  32. I hope to adopt someday! And I love doing family research. Really love Sleepy Time tea. :)

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  33. My family loves to do family history. I have all my kids involved and we spend most sundays searching and reading stories of our ancestors. It is so fun to feel attached to history. My husbands grandfather was adopted and we know nothing of his birth parents-it kind of makes me sad. I wish there was a small clue to help us find his history.

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    1. I agree! It's great to "feel attached" to your own history. And I love that genealogy is a passtime that your whole family works on together. Family researching family!

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  34. I am not adopted and don't have the patience to do the genealogy thing! I think it would be fun to do a DNA test to check my heritage! My favorite tea is Green Tea. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  35. Our pastor and his wife adopted their precious girls from China--one of the most joyful times in our lives! My husband has a history degree, and a little over a year ago, he decided that we would both do the Ancestry.com DNA kits. We were both surprised at the results; it was a fun experience!

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    1. PS--I love McAlister's sweet tea (do you have a McAlister's near you?), and as for herbal tea, I've just discovered Irish Breakfast tea . . . add a little cream and sugar!

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  36. No, I am not adopted but when I was in grade school and disagreed with my mother, I wished I was adopted. lol I have 3 cousins who were adopted.

    I have researched my family since about 1993--if I have a lead. I added to what my cousins had already done and did find lots of new information.

    I'm obsessed with the ones who did not leave many tracks to follow. And I have lots of really common names that are difficult to document--like William Smith.

    My favorite tea is Thompson's Irish Breakfast Blend Tea or English Breakfast Tea.

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    1. "I am not adopted but when I was in grade school and disagreed with my mother, I wished I was adopted" That's hilarious!

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  37. I'm not adopted, but both my mother and mother-in-law have done extensive genealogical research, I've got a pretty good start. Once I'm past the "I have little kids" phase, I can't wait to help! My favorite tea? Honestly, I'm a sucker for a McDonalds half cut tea, but I can't handle that much caffeine... so my normal favorite is homemade decaf black iced tea, and a Sleepytime at night.

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  38. My dad recently started researching our ancestry and we discovered royalty back many many generations!! Very fun to see ��

    Favorite tea: Trader Joe's mint!! Yummy ��

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    1. Royalty?!! How exciting. Now you have a reason to expect the people in your life to treat you like a queen. ;)

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  39. I am not adopted and haven't done any genealogy research. I generally only drink water. The few times I've had tea it was green tea.

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  40. Your book sounds really good! We have several family members who were adopted, and one looked a long time for his birth mom because of his medical issues. Favorite tea is Good Earth's sweet n spicy herbal. ��

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  41. I'm not adopted although my parents adopted my sister when I was grown and married. My dad loves to tell me about the genealogy research he has done on his family. And I love drinking tea - my favorite right now is French Vanilla black tea but I also love blueberry green tea (and I like it hot or cold which is nice 'cause if I forget it somewhere and find it later I can still drink it!)

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    1. French Vanilla Black Tea sounds delicious!

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  42. I've not researched my geneology. I keep wondering if one of my 30+ cousins will, though :)

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  43. I am not adopted. Some family members have done lots of research which is great. I love seeing my heritage.

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  44. I am not adopted BUT my brother-in-law was adopted as baby by my in-laws. BTW they are great! And I love genealogy, I studied it in high school but haven't had a whole lot of time since then to get back into it.

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  45. My sisters and I along with two cousins who are sisters enjoy playing with dead relatives!!! The generation before, two of Mom's cousins do genealogy. Mom and her mother kept up with every one's family, but didn't do research. I love reading and flavored teas. I have always read. Mom read to us and had the older ones read to the younger. She taught us to read before going to school. I really enjoy sweet fruit teas and floral herbal concoctions. I hhave to have my sugar or honey. I have recently started a teacup and teapot collection through participating in Sandra Bird's teacup exchange and working at a resale department store. My husband is sure it is a completed collection!!!! Isn't he precious? Thanx for the giveaway!!!

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    1. A teacup exchange! What a fun idea, Jennifer.

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  46. I am not adopted, but like you, I have two adopted cousins. Even though I'm not adopted I still think I'd like to do a genealogy thing for my family. Tea? I usually drink iced cold black tea. Preferably tetley. I live in the south so you know it's gotta be iced cold.

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  47. Genealogy is probably my most favorite activity in the world. Well, in the top five, anyway. I wish that I had gone to college to become a professional genealogist. I'm still pretty good for an amateur, though! I've searches libraries in multiple states, I've traipsed through graveyards, I've found distant cousins of all ages, and I got to go to a family reunion out of state. I discovered a half-sister that my great-grandfather knew nothing about, and I got to tell him about her before he passed away. I'm sure that they're much better acquainted now. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Wow, Karen! You have A LOT in common with Nora, the heroine of True to You. :)

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  48. Our son and daughter-in-law adopted their son this last year. He was born just 2 days after my birthday. It was amazing to watch the process and see how frustrating it could be at times, but also very moving and joyful. I look forward to reading your book and hope to share it with my daughter-in-law who also is an avid reader.

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    1. All my best wishes to you (Grandma!) and your son and daughter. A new baby is the best gift from heaven. :)

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  49. I'm not adopted.
    I did a little research into my family ancestry for a college project once. Some ancestors on my dad's side actually had a book dating back a decent amount.
    I don't drink tea (or coffee)! I guess my favorite tea is iced tea!
    I'm so excited to read this book!

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  50. not adopted......my sister did our ancestry...and green tea is my favorite!!!!!

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  51. I recently did some family tree research on my trip to Salt Lake City. It was awesome to see my grandparents and parents names in the 1940 census.

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  52. I am not adopted but have been working on family tree for sometime! I love ginger peach tea! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. My parents adopted a girl from Romania (their home country) who is my older sister. She was much older and decided not to stay in touch with us when she left home. But my sister and I have done research on our ancestry with our aunts/uncles help on both sides.

    I also contacted my friend who is a genealogist (http://allrelativegenes.weebly.com/) who did a full research for my close friends from Italy who came over to America after WWII. The older man (Tony) never met his father or knew what happened to him--he went to America to find work and never returned. In all the years after Tony & his family lived in America, no one would give them an answer. When Tony was 91, my friend did the genealogy search. She uncovered old and missing records and found out his father was murdered and the scandal hidden from the family. The family was able to finally have a grave for Tony's father and know the truth...less than a year before Tony passed away. I think it's very fascinating to discover our roots--sometimes there are some not-so-happy surprises, but it's worth finding out where you came from.

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    1. "When Tony was 91, my friend did the genealogy search. She uncovered old and missing records and found out his father was murdered and the scandal hidden from the family. The family was able to finally have a grave for Tony's father and know the truth...less than a year before Tony passed away. I think it's very fascinating to discover our roots--sometimes there are some not-so-happy surprises, but it's worth finding out where you came from." Wow! What a fascinating story, Lora. I agree, despite not-so-happy surprises, it's worthwhile to discover your ancestry.

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    2. An amazing story, Lora! Truth is supposed to set us free, but can be painful too. But secrets exposed to light, loose some of their power, perhaps more so after some healing time has passed.

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  54. Several years ago I started my family genealogy, and I need to get back to it. No one else has done this. I love Who DonYou Think You Are? I wish that I could travel around to search, as easily as they do on the shows.

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  55. My oldest has started working on our family genealogy. Hope to find some bonding time this summer as we continue the research.

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  56. I am not adopted. I started working on genealogy a few years ago, but didn't get very far. I would love to continue it! My favorite tea is Irish Breakfast Tea!

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  57. I am not adopted but my best friend is. My favorite tea is Earl Grey. I have done a little research on my family ancestry- I took a DNA test and had it sent off- my results were 95% European which pleased me greatly

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  58. I'm not adopted, but know people who are. I LOVE working on genealogy, and have found many surprises, and, sad to say, even scandals. I have also found pictures, like of my great-great grandmother. I really like Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, but like many other varieties.

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  59. No, I am not adopted but I am an avid reader and love drinking tea while reading all those books! I did some genealogy searching and found my family is from Prussia a country that is no longer in existence!

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  60. This sounds like an amazing book! And the teas sounds like they might be good :) I've been wanting to try some hot teas!

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  61. I have several friends who have adopted and fostered, what a beautiful picture it is of Christ adopting us into His family! I enjoy chai tea. :)

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  62. No not adopted but I have done alot of research on my own family tree. I found out that I am Doublely relater to Paul Revere. I have also had A Pancreas Transplant and a Kidney Transplant. On the list again often wondered how to ask newly found relatives about donating to me. Would love to read this book. Thank You For Trying to win the book and I Love Tea!

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  63. I'm not adopted nor do I have family members that are adopted. I haven't done research of my family tree either.

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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  64. I'm hoping to one day adopt with my husband. We would like to have 2 of our own then adopt. I've also done family ancestry. It's so much fun!

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  65. I'm not adopted, but my niece adopted a girl from Ghana. My mom was in an orphanage from age 5-16. I have done some research on Ancestry.com
    I love most teas. Thank you.

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  66. I'm not adopted. But I searched Ancestry.com and a Swedish website and found info about my grandmother and grandfather who were born in Sweden. And I've also found info on family members born in the United States. It's fascinating study. Looking forward to reading your book and drinking your teas - that is, if I win. If I don't win I'll buy your book and have some peppermint ice tea.

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  67. I'm not adopted but I do have a cousin who was. I haven't done much research into my ancestors but I'm blessed to have other relatives who have. I enjoy reading the information they've discovered. Looking at all the old family photos is fun too. I've read all of Becky's books (except for maybe one novella) and am really looking forward to this new series. Thanks for the background of this book and the giveaway.

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  68. I am not adopted (even though while growing up I thought I must have been!).

    My favourite tea would be any berry blend.

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    1. I love your name! My pastor accidentally called me Arletta for years. I am always happy to be called with "Letha" and not "leeeta"

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  69. I've always wanted to research my family istory. My grandmother and aunt have actually done a phenomenal job of finding our ancestors and their grave sites. I have always wanted to know how my acenstors lived, what their thoughts and dreams were, etc.

    My favorite kind of tea comes from my favorite tea shop in Anchorage. It's an Egyptian Chamomile for sleeping though I also love their roiboos.

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  70. We are adopting our two sons on Friday! My grandma loved genealogy, so I saw at her feet and listened to my history a lot. Then, I heart about my husband's family at her feet.

    Awe...tea! My best friend and I love tea. This weekend, a very dear and new friend mentioned that she, too, loves tea parties. I see lots of clotted milk in my future!

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    1. "We are adopting our two sons on Friday!" Oh, goodness! That's so exciting. God bless, Aletta.

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  71. I'm not adopted by I am a foster mom and know a lot of kids who have been adopted or are in the process of being adopted.

    My favorite tea is actually green tea!

    Can't wait to read your new book Becky!

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  72. Last fall my mom was looking into our ancestry and founds out we had an ancestor on the Mayflower! I love history so that was just too cool! She was also able to follow that line all the way to the mid 1400s to a Lord and Lady! She found many neat things in our family tree.
    My favorite tea is a loose leaf tea, Rose Tea from Amanzi.

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    1. "Last fall my mom was looking into our ancestry and founds out we had an ancestor on the Mayflower!" What?!!!! That's amazing. I read the book Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick recently. I think there may me an organization of some kind, for the ancestors of the pilgrims on the Mayflower, that you could join if you were interested!

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  73. Oh my goodness this book and story is one I definitely want to read. I love genealogy, with my first computer, I bought software to enter information of my family and my husbands family, to be able to print out ancestor and/or descendant sheets, and so much more. I was able to update a few family books that had been compiled previously! Oh, and I love any kind of tea, especially Chamomile.

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  74. While I am not adopted, I find the journey of those that are fascinating. Knowing where you come from is often a stepping stone for those that for some reason feel disconnected from their family. For me, knowing about my roots has not been a personal journey I've needed to traverse.

    My favorite tea is "Eat Pray Love" tea from the Republic of Tea. It is currently on the "once it's gone, it's gone" list. It is a blood orange cinnamon tea and I love it! I love other teas, but this one currently sits at the top of my list!

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  75. My favorite tea is Mint Medley. :) I would love to know my genealogy, but don't have the patience to research it myself. Hopefully someone in my family will get the urge to do so.

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  76. I've always wanted to research my family genealogy! It's fascinating!

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  77. I am not adopted. I researched my family tree back to their acquisition of a land grant in the 1700s when they immigrated from Ireland. It was an exciting journey of exploration! I am looking forward to reading this book! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  78. I enjoy genealogy. I was able to trace my family tree back to the early 1700s when my family acquired a land grant when they emigrated from Ireland. It was such an exciting Journey to research. I am looking forward to reading your newest book. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  79. Both my husband and I are adopted. He has searched, but I have no desire to know anything.

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  80. I have done a little bit of genealogy research, I would like to try getting a DNA analysis.

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  81. I am adopted. I have extremely limited information making it almost impossible to search. And I have rare genetic disorder that came from one of my parents. This book has moved really high up on my list of must reads now. It's your book and the subject is so close to my heart!

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  82. My uncle did a real family investigation and my nephew made a beautiful tree.
    My favorite tea is rooibos.
    I am a big fan of your books.

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  83. My mother was adopted. It's been interesting because I did DNA testing a few years ago to find out a little about where we came from. She has never been interested in searching for her birth parents. I met my dad for the first time almost 9 years ago. It would have been nice to know more about his side of the family before he passed.
    Favorite tea: Roobios AND Winter Dream from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

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  84. I am not adopted, but my mom divorced my dad before I was born and he was never a part of my life. In my 30's, I found him and got in touch. He was battling colon cancer at the time and we didn't get to fully reconnect. I have a half sister that I have never met and would love to find and meet her.

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  85. Not adopted. I started doing genealogy about 20 years ago, and that was before more things were digitized with online services....you had to go to the larger libraries or regional Archives and scroll through rolls of microfilm for census records, Civil War records, etc. It is a fascinating journey, but I have always enjoyed history, and I am a detail person, frequently ordering films of original county records through the Family History Center. Talk about eye strain, trying to read those old, handwritten records! Amazing how you can debunk old stories and myths, including some county "history books". I like English Breakfast Tea, among others. Greatly enjoyed the interview!

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    1. "Trying to read those old, handwritten records!"---YES! I love that though. Seeing that beautiful old script is amazing and fantastic even though it makes it hard to decipher.

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  86. Hubby has 9 cousins adopted and we have two nieces adopted. We hope to do that ourselves someday! As for genealogy, hubby's family has always told the story of how his great great grandfather jumped ship before reaching harbor in the US and snuck in. Reason was he still had a wife and kids over seas that he was running from! My question is, if true, how did it ever come out? Was it a deathbed confession? I just can't see him admitting to all that and nothing coming of it. Part of me wonders if it is just a fantastic tale told down the generations. :)

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    1. Ohhh, very interesting, Susan! There's a family story on my mother's side that my 10x great-grandfather smuggled jewels over in about 1710, in a false-bottom of a wooden trunk. But they were discovered and taken from him. I believe he was jailed for it. But because he was a poor Mennonite farmer from the Alsace region, I can only imagine that they might have been given to him to pay for his passage and his indenture. But who could have given them?! There's some proof that he might have been imprisoned for his faith in a castle nearby before he was sent over. My fictional mind wonders if he made friends with some in the castle who might have given them. I can't imagine they were stolen if he was imprisoned for his faith. But those oral family stories come from somewhere. One day in heaven, we'll know! :)

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  87. As a Social Worker, I've worked with both pre and post adoption families. It is always a blessing to see children find forever families.

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  88. I was adopted by my Dad Alan when I was 12 years old. My Mom got married when I was 11 and almost a year later I was adopted. Thankful that I was adopted. I love history and have always wanted to research my families history to see where our roots come from. It is pretty awesome when all the pieces fit together.

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  89. We have three children through adoption and I have 16 siblings who are adopted. I have been a part of the adoption community for a long time. I love Tea! I am into Blueberry tea currently.
    Becky B.

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  90. I am adopted; however, I do not desire to find my birth parents. I was a newborn when I was adopted, so my adopted parents are the only parents I have ever known. They told me as soon as I could understand/comprehend that I was adopted, that they chose ME! :) I had a wonderful childhood, raised in a Christian home. Though I am very grateful that my birth mother chose to give me life, I really feel do not desire to open the door of seeking out my birth parents. I am so thankful to the Lord for the parents He gave me, and in that I am content.

    My favorite tea is Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings.

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  91. I've always wanted to dig deep into my family history. However I love hearing the stories of other peoples ancestors and history. So many different people and experiences!
    This book has a simply adorable cover! Would love to read this one!!
    My favorite tea is fruit tea, especially black currant.

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  92. As far as I know I'm not adopted! πŸ˜‰ My husband and I just did DNA testing. Should be interesting what comes back. I like English Breakfast and mint teas.

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  93. What a fun week with all your stories and comments. I love the variety of favorite teas too! Who knew there were so many? :)

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  94. Hi, the book sounds lovely! I have researched some of my family tree. It's very fascinating but mind boggling at the same time.
    My favorite tea to drink is peach tea. :)
    Thank you for the opportunity!

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  96. My favorite tea is Honey Vanilla Chamomile. I am definitely anxious to read True to You. Since the heroine is bookish, I'm feeling like I would definitely relate to her. I think it's very cool and fascinating to incorporate genealogy into your book. It's not a common thing, which makes it exciting. Although, I never became personally interested or invested in genealogy, I know it will be fun and riveting to learn more.

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  97. I am not adopted, but one of my very best friends is . I don't think I've ever heard her mention trying to find out anything about her birth mother/parents. I know if it was me, I would be very curious.
    I have been watching Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC lately along with another show called Long Lost Family where adoptees search for their birth parents or vice versa.
    I still haven't read the very last book in Becky's Porter family series , so hadn't really looked into this one yet, but now that I hear the premises I am very eager to read it!
    I often drink hot tea in the winter, but other than that not too much . I live in the south, but I'm not a fan of sweet tea.

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