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When I began this genealogy adventure the goal was to share ancestral discoveries with family members. Slowly the realization dawned it was also a very useful tool to connect with the wider community.
I have written several posts sharing how "cousins" of all sorts found their way to this blog. Each time it makes my heart skip to see one of these new friends post a comment.
One such post is last year's Surprise Connection - Hello, Cousin! Here is where I shared discovering a fellow GeneaBlogger was related to my husband.
Since then three researchers have stopped by to say hello and share their connection to my husband's 9th great-grandfather, Comfort Starr! Can you see me jumping up and down with expression of profound glee?!
Many times I read blog posts about the importance of sharing your family history. Meeting and forming bonds with distant cousins across the globe has been one surprising bonus.
This experience has me contemplating beginning a new blog "Are YOU related to Comfort Starr?" You never know who is researching your ancestor in a database. Would it be wonderful if your blog came up in their hit list?
Throw out the cousin bait, and wait for nibbles!