Photo of my mother, Judy Dagle Swanay, and me; September 1963. I was about 1 month old. (Original photo in possession of Elizabeth O’Neal)

“You’ll never really know how much your mother loved you until you become a mother yourself.”

My mother used to say this all the time. I never understood what it meant until I had my daughter.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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