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Apr 30, 2023Liked by Cheryl Tevis

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I am a bit late reading your piece, but I loved it! I definitely related to opening phone books anytime I was in hotel/motels to see if my surname was there because 'Falconer' was not a common spelling of my name. I could definitely see myself jumping into a jaunt, like you did! Wow! What an exciting adventure, so well written I could picture you along the journey & was cheering you on. I was also waiting to find out the family relationship (I knew there was one) -- OMG, how exciting to find out the relationship! I am on Ancestry discovering family trails & don't miss a TV show with those discovery stories. I also have a California connection: but it is my son - who is making big history there himself and I get to see lots of Cali & LA where he lives. I looked at your background, writing and journalism chops. Do you have other writing aspirations? You sure kept me reading in this short piece.

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Hello, Linda. Thanks so much for your kind comments about the column! I was bitten by the genealogy bug when I was a young girl, and I've uncovered some interesting stories. This is one of the best ones. I'm glad that you enjoyed it so much! Aspirations? I think I may have a nonfiction book or two in me, but I'm not sure how to gain enough traction to get out of the starting blocks! Thanks again.

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What a wonderful adventure!!! My hope was that he had named you in his will .....

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Oh, yes, now that would have been an entirely different story!

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Such a fabulous adventure and connection!

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Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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I loved this story! I grew up on a farm in Ida County. While attending Iowa State in 1974, I also traveled to California, but I visited LA, not San Francisco. I later sought out relatives in San Francisco and LA who had moved there between 1930 and 1941.

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Thank you! Yes, California was a common destination for many of our Iowa relatives, wasn't it? I hope that you had some success connecting?

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Yes, I later connected with great aunts in LA and San Francisco, both of whom shared stories of my father as a boy.

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Oh, those memories would be precious!

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