Thursday, September 22, 2011

Connect, connect, connect....

Johannes Stein - great-great-grandfather
born August 16, 1840 - Germany
died July 29, 1906 - Maryland

For many years the search for the Stein family line has led to frustration. At several points I thought we would never connect these ancestors to the family tree.

This summer I stumbled upon information in Ancestry that looked promising. The tree had several relationships that did not match, but overall there was enough to cause my heart to leap.

Crossing my fingers I sent a message to this fellow researcher. Amazingly I received an answer the very next day. After communicating for several days Susan and I discovered we were 2nd cousins 1x removed!

I have filled in blanks for her on the Wakefield family line, and she has provided genealogy gold on the Stein family.

One of the wonderful gems she shared was this photograph of Johannes Stein. The feelings upon seeing the face of my great-great-grandfather are indescribable.

Even more exciting is the fact Susan and I live in the same state. In several weeks we plan to meet and make a real life connection.

Moral of the story is follow your instincts. Reach out and maybe you too will find an amazing connection!


  1. It's always exciting to connect with others. I think one of my favorite things about genealogy is the help of other researchers and the sharing of information. I work better on my own, but sometimes you just have to make that leap because it's all you've got!

    I hope you have fun meeting up with your long lost cousin! Next time I'm in Jersey I'm meeting up with mine!

  2. Deb,
    I have had several success stories similar to this one. I just went to Europe with my 3rd cousin -- we only met two years ago as a result of an connection. I also had a cousin who had a box full of LABELED pictures with our common ancestors. She had no idea who they were -- I knew ALL of them. One was my great-grandmother who had died at the age of 43 of TB and was by every account a wonderful person. I was so excited to have a picture.

    Congratulations to you! Isn't genealogy wonderful?

  3. What a joy! This is the story we all dream of.

  4. What a wonderful story! I am so glad for you. Best wishes for your future endeavors as you collaborate with this new-found cousin. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Congratulations! A cousin is a wonderful thing to find.

  6. How exciting for you! I know just how you feel. I've 'met' quite a few distant cousins, some via my own Web site and others through CuriousFox, LostCousins and Rootsweb's WorldConnect. Many of my 'new cousins' live overseas, but I was able to make a trip to meet them and we are now firm friends. (Incidentally, there are two CuriousFox sites - one for the UK and Ireland and one for the USA.)

  7. Congratulations on connections. I waited nearly three years before I was lucky enough to get a connection. Now the connections seem to be coming more regularly. Amazing the way it works.

  8. I share in your excitement of seeing a picture of your great great grandfather. These are the jewels that we long for. Congratulations on your determination to never give up the search, it paid off.

  9. How exciting! First to find a fellow researcher, then discover you're cousins, then to meet in person--it doesn't get any better than that. Thanks for reminding us to take those chances!

  10. I love that you are meeting your "new" cousin in person. I've had enough virtual communication, and lately its the real life meetings of bloggers and "new to me" cousins that I cherish the most!

  11. What an exciting experience! For me, the first picture I ever saw of a great-great ancestor came through just such an experience - the cousins on this line have been so generous, and I even met one in person last May. This is what makes genealogy so enjoyable.