Saturday, January 1, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Very Best 2010 Research

Carl Victor Judd, 1st cousin 3x removed, with his family in California

It's Saturday night and Randy at Genea-musings has issued another challenge.

Your mission, should you decide to accept, is to:

1). Decide which of your (many?) genealogy research adventures was your "very best" (your definition).

By far the most amazing adventure has been connecting with my new found "cousin" Steve through Ancestry.

2). Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Status report or comment on Facebook.

Last fall while browsing trees on Ancestry, I stumbled across one created by my new "cousin" Steve. I had followed a discussion on Facebook about people visiting sites without contacting tree owners for possible connections. So off the fence I jumped and sent out an email of introduction.

Not long after sending that message I was contacted by Steve through an email with various pictures attached. This experience was documented in the post "Connecting on Ancestry". Soon after a package was delivered from Steve with a treasure trove of original photographs, postcards, and letters! These are discussed in the post "Judd Family Treasures." One of my favorite items in the package was a lovely letter written in 1870 chronicled in the post "Treasure Chest Thursday: 1870 Letter".

Now for the rest of the story! Today I received an email from Steve with more surprises. He has contacted another family line with amazing results. In the email were photographs of my great-grand uncle Charles Judd in his Civil War uniform, and his bible. Another post coming real soon!

This experience has taught me a very valuable lesson, never be afraid to connect, contact, and communicate!

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more! The best genealogical "finds" for me, too, have usually come from cousins. And how nice it is to meet one who shares so fully!