Why do we do this?

Sitting here after yet another unproductive day of searches,census and jumps from one record to another. And sick as hell on top of it.Asking for help on a FB group that begs you to ask for help,hell I am not not even asking for freebies. I am asking  to hire help and getting rude comments and “why” dont you understand DNA? I don’t know?Maybe I am stupid? Or maybe because honestly I DONT  want to understand it. I want the good ole’ days.Paper trails,census,and birth records,and family history. I want ALL that and to it be confirmed by DNA. I just don’t want to UNDERSTAND DNA because I cant.I just cant. And to be completely honest I do NOT want to.

 I am willing to pay someone to explain it to me,to find the connection.Why is that so hard for others to accept? My money,my time.Why do you care what I do?

Breakthrough! A small break through but still.

Looking through my Facebook genealogy groups yesterday,I found a post by a group admin that caught my attention,because it mentions Kentucky,where the majority of my lines come from.

The article is from her website Genealogy! Just Ask ! but the post gave me the information to see a record I had only seen transcribed before. I don’t know how to explain how seeing that record made me feel. My great-grandfather Isaac Shelby Lykins is my greatest genealogy brick-wall. I have found exactly 4 records on him in 20 years of searching. 4!

DNA has not really led me anywhere,probably because I don’t have a *&^%#$( clue what I am looking at.

My DNA through Ancestry.

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I was tested in 2015 and although have found many matches,I have yet to trace my paternal side,which was my goal. My great grandfather Isaac Shelby Lykins still remains my greatest block.

James H. Smith

This is my great great grandfather,first picture I have found on my paternal side. So excited to see this! James H Smith was born on April 4, 1836, in Kentucky, his father, William, was 31 and his mother, Sabrina Shropshire, was 27. He married Caroline Dyer and they had three children together. He then married Mary Jane Walsh and they had one son together. He died on July 26, 1921, in Floyd County, Kentucky, at the age of 85.(copied from my Ancestry page until I have more time,as I am already behind in posting)


                                        United Daughters of the Confederacy 

                                               Salyer-Lee Chapter  #1417 

                                                          Virginia Division

“Private, Company B, 2nd Virginia State Line. Mentioned in the Post War Record of Noah B. Sutherland compiled on May 10, 1926. Previously served in Company B, 5th Kentucky Infantry. 
    James was born 1838 in Morgan Co., KY, son of William Buckner and Sabrina (Shropshire) Smith. He was a preacher in the Primitive Baptist Church in Dickenson County.
    Sources: The Virginia State Rangers and State Line by Randall Osborne and Jeffrey C. Weaver, page 261; Confederate Soldiers of Dickenson County, VA by Shirley B. Harrison, page 21; Meet Virginia‚Äôs Baby by Elihu Jasper Sutherland, page 70; 


Growing up I always knew I was adopted. Never gave it much thought other then wishing I looked more like my family. After the teenage years hit it became more important. For more reasons then I want to divulge here I became obsessed with finding parents and siblings. And so began my journey…
I have known I was adopted my entire life. Mostly I really didn’t care until I became a teenager then it hit me and I became obsessed. It fueled what is now a life long obsession with genealogy.Not just my own but friends, extended family,spouses and pretty much any one I know.

52-ancestors-in-52-weeks. Fredrick Waugh Lykins

When Fredrick Waugh Lykins was born on August 22, 1940, in Floyd County, Kentucky, his father, Isaac Shelby Lykins was 31, and his mother,Florence Smith Elliot Sparks was 29-39 depending on what record you believe. He had two sons and three daughters with Elsie Marie Slone between 1962 and 1972. He died on August 3, 1988, at the age of 47. I don’t really have much personal information about my birth father as he died the year I turned 18.According to most,he cared a lot about his children but had a very hard time with life. Since I can not say from personal experience I will just leave it at that. Now that it is in black and white,I sadly realize how little I have to say.

52-ancestors-in-52-weeks by Amy Johnson Crow

My domain expired a couple years ago,I went to re-up it and low and behold someone has it for sale for $2000.00! So I started a new one and was looking for ideas to get jump started,this idea seemed perfect. I am going to start with my father,then mother and then on to grandparents.

Although I will not be starting on the first week of the year(I am such a rebel).I do intend to do 52 weeks in the challenge.