She was a beautiful, young Irish maid, working in a wealthy English household. Her employer’s oldest son fell in love with her. When he announced intentions to marry her, his parents said they would disown him. He married her anyway. Then, bride and groom ran away to live happily ever after. “Her name was Mary Cordial,” my maternal grandmother Marilyn Matilda Dietz told me, that distinct glimmer of pleasure in her eyes—the one she always had when she retold this story. “And you are her legacy.”

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Monday, December 2, 2013 Announces the “Branch Out” Contest is offering yet another fantastic-sounding contest for us armchair genealogists. The "Branch Out" contest will have a total of six Grand Prize winners, each of whom will have access to the following:

- Twenty (20) hours of ProGenealogists research,
- One (1) year World Explorer Plus Membership
- One (1) DNA kit
- One (1) 8×8 Premium Leather Photo Book from

Click on this link to enter: Announcing the “Branch Out” Contest: Enter For A Chance To Win a Family History Package! 

Good luck!