Jane and I sat around my dining room table discussing her story.  We came up with a plan.  Top on the list was for Jane to take a DNA test.  I opened up my laptop and immediately ordered it from Ancestry.  It arrived the next week.  Jane came over, spit in the test tube, and mailed the sample that same day.  As we waited for the sample to be analyzed, I did some research.  John Jones and Jane’s mother were married in April of 1948 and Jane was born in November of 1948.  Yes, she was pregnant when they got married.  They divorced within a few months after Jane was born.

I also did a little research on Dave Brown, who rumor had it might possibly be Jane’s father.  He was deceased, but I did find him in our town during Jane’s childhood.  I researched Jane’s mother’s family.  We waited impatiently for the test results.  Finally, I received an email that the results were in.  I called Jane right away.  We sorted out the known cousins from her mom’s side of the family.  We had a match in the range Ancestry calls “first cousin”!  She was a young lady from Washington state.  They matched at a level that could be a first cousin, but also a half-niece, or a first cousin once removed.  Ever better was that she had a tree attached to her DNA results.  I started with the information in her tree and began building a tree for Jane’s potential father.  It was not a easy task, but after reviewing census records, marriage records, death records, etc. I had a simple tree constructed and had narrowed it down to a potential family with two sons the right age to be Jane’s father.  It was time to contact the young lady Jane’s DNA had matched her with.  I sent off a message on Ancestry explaining who I was and a brief overview of my research.  A very short time later, I received a message back!  She was excited and wanted to talk about it over the phone.  I nervously dialed the number…