Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fall in order to practice being brave.
~Mary Tyler Moore
I won’t make a habit of this, so don’t worry, but I saw this quote and it seemed exceptionally meaningful in relation to our quest to find our collective Ancestral Homelands through the Genealogy paper trail and Y-DNA research.
As I embarked on the DNA trail well over a decade ago I initially only saw failures. Nothing matched at all and I felt defeated. But time after time I picked the banner back up and tried again and what we have today is a broad understanding of Babb migration patterns as well as a dozen unique genetic lineages with far more diversity than I ever expected!
While the specific answer I sought to find has remained elusive, I have discovered new worlds of Babbs that I had no idea existed. I expect that I’ll live out my days in this quest and hope that someone will pick up the mantle when I am too old and feeble to continue. But for now, finding those answers is still on my Bucket List, where I expect it will remain for some time.
In 2021 we will make new discoveries that continue to alter our understanding of the Babb origins and I can’t wait to find out what they will be!
Happy New Years!
2 responses to “Thought of the Day”
Happy New Year and Happy Hunting! Thank you for your work…
What are the odds that two branches in the same generation are read out or disowned by their Quaker meetings because of marriages?? I’m really having fun exploring the stories and the records I have been finding on the trail of the Babb family who married into my Loucks family in Ohio. I’m looking forward to the exploration!