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As of today, there are 14,539 people in my online family tree in 4,401 families. Of those, 624 are still living.

Burris, which was my birth surname, has 460 entries. Callaway has 471.

The next highest number is 370, and belongs to that strangely all female group whose surname is MNU. They came from Canada, Germany, Yorkshire, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Masschusetts, North Carolina, and parts in between.

Maiden Name Unknown.

At one time, MNUs made up over 500 of the people in the tree. I was appalled. I started working on just that "surname," and have whittled it down a little.

I spent lots of time looking for marriage records and fleshing out children's middle names, searching for their mother's maiden name there.

I go back to them frequently, devoting an afternoon to finding out some of their maiden names. Every time I find one, I have a little celebration here at my grandmother's kitchen table.

Everyone has a story.

I am a storyteller.

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Dee Burris Blakley

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