I suppose all mothers do this, though it seems somewhat morbid--- I don't know why. I read a book by Edward Ball called "The Genetic Strand: Exploring a Family History through DNA." Edward Ball is the same author that wrote: "Slaves in the Family," a fantastic book about genealogy and American history. The "Genetic Strand" is all about how Ball inherited an old desk from a distant cousin, only to find several hair strands of his ancestors in a hidden drawer. He was able to analyze the DNA and get a clearer picture of his ancestry.
Here is my hair from a tender age, that my mother lopped off and kept. I guess I was a little more blonde back then.
|My Braid June 3, 1970 age 6:11|
|Lock of Hair age 1 1/2 1965|