Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Another Cousin Found

Another cousin found yesterday - it's been a successful few weeks.  This time it is a third cousin, through my father's family.  Her branch of the family moved to Canada, so the third connection I have made out there.

We "met" through Ancestry so have been able to update each other's trees quite rapidly.  Hopefully she (and perhaps her brothers) will join the family Facebook group too.  I am absolutely delighted and determined that we will find the remaining cousins who are on my "hit" list, as well as make a few accidental discoveries along the way.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Matrilineal Monday: Successful Hunting!

Periodically I review my family tree - last week it was my maternal grandmother's family's turn.  I revisited her siblings and, as one had a relatively unusual forename, I chose to track her forward.  It didn't take long to find her marriage, and I had a piece of luck - she and her husband were on a passenger list along with a daughter.  I was able to find her marriage and work out her daughters' names.  Again, I traced marriages and with a little help from Facebook and the wonderful Internet, was able to contact them.  That was late last week, and on Sunday evening I had a reply - I had the right family!

One of my "new" second cousins is interested in family history and we are already swapping stories, and preparing to scan photos and documents.  I am absolutely over the moon - this branch of my family is a relatively neglected one (in terms of my own research), and I have very little information on the family.  Thanks to cousin hunting, I will soon see a photograph of my great-grandparents, something I never imagined would happen.  It's been a great weekend :-)

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Long Wait

Earlier in the week I decided to investigate a branch of the family I hadn't really tried before:  my maternal grandmother's siblings.  I actually have a few photographs of some of the sisters, but maddeningly no-one thought to write names on the back.  My grandmother seems to have fallen out with her sisters (it seems to be a Welsh trait - my other grandmother did exactly the same thing) so they weren't spoken about much.  I have found all their names, but haven't devoted any time really to tracing them or their families.

So, I spent a very long evening cross-referencing records from Ancestry (gave myself a migraine into the bargain :-0 ) and think that I have put together a very good picture of one of my grandmother's sister's family.  This afternoon I have extended the search by visiting Facebook and again cross-referencing names from the family story I built and I believe that I have tracked down a couple of second cousins.  Seeing as I had given myself a migraine, I felt that there had to be a pay-off, so I have sent a message to one of these putative cousins and I am now awaiting an answer.  It may never come, she may just think I am some Facebook scam artist.  But I am keeping my fingers crossed, and will let you know ....


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