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Unread post by BonesOutToDry » Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:05 pm

I have been lurking on the forum for quite sometime, and decided it that it was high time I say hello. These boards are a wonderful resource and I'm very thankful to Cat, Nagasiva, and the countless others that make this place what it is.

I'm a Central Plains (USA) woman, raised Roman Catholic, and adopted as a newborn infant through a closed adoption. (By closed I mean CLOSED, and the key has been thrown away for decades since it was through Catholic Social Services in the late 1970s.)

My "adoptive" ancestry is Eastern European and German American. As far as my blood ancestry, the adoption documents state that my biological father was (quote, in these exact words) "Black and Native American", and my birthmother was "Caucasian (German American)".

I mention all of this because it is why I think Hoodoo and Conjure speak to me on a really primal, ancestral level, Along with looking very different from my family, I had a different spiritual alignment from Day One. We get along well enough now but as a kid/preteen, getting the 3rd degree from my family about how the candles, books, incense, seeds, and oils I loved were "witchcraft" made it a bit rough here and there.

So that's all. I'm very happy to be here and look forward to getting to know the forum as a member!

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:55 pm

BonesOutToDry,

Hello, and welcome to the Forum.

From personal experience, i recommend that you get a DNA test! You will learn a LOT from the results.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:57 pm

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Unread post by BonesOutToDry » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:00 am

Hi Miss Cat,

Thanks for the welcome, the info links, and reply.

I considered a DNA test after having my little boy, but was disappointed to learn that it would only reveal direct ancestry info about my birthmother (mtDNA). I already know quite a bit about her through contact with Catholic SS which acts as an intermediary between adoptees and birthparents in this state/diocese. They have contacted her more than once on my behalf, and while she responds to them freely, she doesn't want contact with me. She won't identify my father because they had an affair and she wasn't even certain if I was from her husband or my birthfather (hence her waiting until 40 weeks' gestation before exploring adoption as a possibility; she needed to see what color I turned out to be!) She was 27 years old and pursuing an MA when I was born, had one young daughter already, was divorcing, and went on to have more children from a new marriage after my birth. I suppose that in short, I know enough about this individual to understand that our paths weren't meant to cross in this life.

It used to be painful but not so much anymore. Not knowing has, in some strange way, become an integral part of who I am and have been all of my life. I'd like to learn more about my birthfather as a person but she's the only one with that info. An an autosomal DNA test would give me a better idea of what comes from both sides bloodwise, but I identify as Black regardless of my mixed ancestry, and that's unlikely to change. I tend to think the most reliable "race" identifier is what a police officer writes on your speeding ticket. :)

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Unread post by Miss Aida » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:48 pm

Hello, BonesOutToDry,

I'm so sorry to hear about the CLOSED adoption.

A friend of mine was FORCED to give u her child for adoption when she was 15. It was a closed adoption by a Catholic Service. She did everything in her power to find her daughter. She finally did so when she was in her 50's. She had to go through the media.

I'm wondering is a private investigator could help you?

Just my thoughts...

And, Hoodoo Wise, you might want to try an Ancestor Altar and see if anyone could help you

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