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Twigs to Trees #30, March 2018


by Mary Helen Haines

Hello everyone, and Happy St. Patrick's Day. Now that we have changed our newsletter format, our genealogy column, Twigs to Trees, will be published directly on our website in the Genealogy section, at this time under "Other" classification. I will continue to post every three months, so expect new columns in March, June, September, and December.

I will continue to post information on the latest DNA results and genealogical histories submitted by our members. We now have over 1000 participants in the MacFarlane project administered by Terrance Gach MacFarlane at  Many people who did their Family Finder test with Ancestry have transferred their information so they can have the additional matches within our project. If you have done a test with Ancestry, please consider adding to your options

Also, do not forget to always check our database maintained by our team member Andrew Macfarlane at to look for your family line. If you see an error, please contact us in order to add or make corrections to the information we have posted. 

Please let me know if you have a particular ancestor that you would like recognized, either as part of this blog, or your own separate article.

What A Ride!

What A Ride!

by Neal McFarland

Updated September 9, 2010

I'll never forget the first time my Dad took me to ride in his lap on The Comet roller coaster at the Forest Park Highlands amusement park in St. Louis. I was five or six years old, excited and giddy with anticipation. I had no idea what to expect when we got into the car and pulled down the safety bar. As we slowly climbed up the first long hill, leveled off, then plunged down the deep chute, it took my breath away and with every unexpected twist, turn, climb and drop, my heart pumped faster and faster. The 60-second ride scared the bejabbers out of me. When we finally stopped, I begged my Dad for a re-ride, which he agreed to. I was hooked! And since that first ride on the Comet, I've ridden some of the longest, fastest, steepest, meanest coasters in the country and never found one I couldn't handle.

My research into our McFarland family has been a microcosm of all those thousands of twists and turns, climbs and free fall drops. Every new discovery has been exhilarating; every dead end frustrating. But the anticipation of discovery never diminished. Like that first ride on The Comet, the search became an addiction.

As I've stated before, I started knowing next to nothing about the McFarland side of my family and only a little more about my Mother's side. Now, I can trace my McFarland line over three hundred years; my Mother's family over two hundred. And, along the way there were plenty of surprises.

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