|Clifford and his sister Jennie|
So sat our wall...
|Image from Family Tree DNA|
We immediately had success, finding Jewell's in New Hampshire, & Connecticut areas. But honestly we weren't exactly sure where to go next. SO admittedly we sat on it awhile, connecting with more Jewell's as time went by but not ever really taking the time to figure out the next step in the process. Then about a year later, one of said cousin's got a new drive and got the ball rolling again. We took our new found distant cousin from New Hampshire's research, and started tracing his ancestors posterity down. Using what we like to call DESCENDANCY RESEARCH, an approach to genealogy that I'd been learning a lot about at the recent RootsTech and other genealogy classes. The idea is top down genealogy instead of bottom up, meaning we start with an ancestor way back and work our way forward, as you can imagine, there are A LOT of people in the lines when doing that approach, so we divided up the lines and set out to conquer.
It was LESS THAN a WEEK and we had FOUND him, our James Jewell in Ohio, where we had narrowed our search down to in previous searches. It was confirmation and closure, and very exciting for those of us involved. I was thrilled to be a part of it. Joyce always told me that she felt like it needed to be a biological Jewell who would find James, but somehow I just think he wanted us to come together as a family to do it, it blessed so many more lives that way.