, 2022-05-14 13:53:00,
By Sherry Larson
Everybody has a story with a historical background from whom and where they came. There is a reason why you have blue eyes, and your sibling has brown. There’s a long lineage of those who came before you, and you carry them (literally) in your DNA.
Many resources are available at the Adams County Genealogical Society for folks whose bloodline has roots in Adams County. Ethel Chambers and Becky Reed are willing and eager to assist you in finding your ancestors. And if you aren’t rooted in Adams County, Reed offers classes to guide you offering the use of their resources.
The Historical and Genealogical Societies share the space at 507 N. Cherry Street in West Union. John Wickerham curates the next-door Historical Society Museum. Chambers is the only existing active charter member of the Genealogical Society and became a member in 1978. Chambers started genealogy in 1975 when her mother-in-law passed away, and she was left with photographs and started to research. Chambers relayed, “We were able to get names that nobody knew, and if they did – they did not talk about family. The older people just did not talk about family.” Reed adds, “Life was hard, you know. Things were going on, and family situations were often not good.”
The ladies discussed DNA tests and the sometimes-shocking findings. Reed stated, “You get 50% of your DNA from your mom and 50% from your dad. Well, they got 50% and 50% and so on.
The mixtures aren’t the same. You get all variations.” Chambers warns, “I tell people that if there’s anything in your DNA you don’t want to know, you better not do it.”
Chambers, Reed, Rheta Campbell, and Linda Worley (who was absent from the interview) are volunteers and instrumental to folks…
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