To Julie and others on the DYFED list.
This has been a wonderful year for me personally as I have been given the
directions to look for my own search. I have made great stride in at leas
one of my Welsh families the ever popular JONES name. I now know of eight
lines in writing and six of them in documented form. I am working on
obtaining more for this family and others I am searching.
For those who are beginning you know the feeling of achievement that I am
experiencing. And to those of you who are experienced you remember the joy
you obtained when you were new to the search. You all know that Thank You
does not express your appreciation. However, it is all I have to offer.
So I want to give each and everyone of you who has given me a lead or
pointed me in a new direction my Deepest and Sincerest Thanks.
Maybe one day I will be able to assist someone myself in finding their
From: Julie Preston <anpreston(a)email.msn.com>
Subject: Happy New Year
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 1998 6:10 AM
Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year (a bit early, I know!)
and thank you all for your enthusiastic participation on the Dyfed and
lists since their inception early in '98. When I 'found'
mailing list last January, I subscribed to it even though I had no GLA
ancestry --- it was enough just to be learning from others' Welsh
experience. From there, I 'met' Gareth Hicks and volunteered
the South West Wales Lookup Exchange. It wasn't long before he
we needed a Mid-Wales LE. Gareth then decided to sponsor the Dyfed
and just as Gareth & I were mulling over the need for a list covering
Mid-Wales, along came Malcolm Bebb who immediately got things rolling to
start the Powys list! Thinking back over the volume of email I've had
the lists began, it's difficult to believe it all happened less
I hope more and more people will step in to share their own expertise in
Welsh research (actually, my family hopes you do, so I'll give this a
now and then!) and help the newcomers sort out the many
I'm off to the snowy woods for a few days (northern Michigan) of
snowmobiling and celebrating the New Year (no celebrating while
snowmobiling, though!) --- back on the weekend.
For those of you I've promised lookups for, I'll take care of those right
after the New Year --- promise!
Here's hoping for some major 'breakthroughs' in 1999!!!
Very best to you all,
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