Thursday, October 3, 2013

Go ahead, ask. Might strike genealogy gold!

Carroll Darlington Springer
bride, Mollie W. Crouse
wedding date October 7, 1886
Marion, Indiana

I stumbled on this photograph while researching my husband's Springer line on Ancestry. Pictured is Carroll D. Springer (Doug's 1st cousin 2x removed) and bride, Mollie Crouse.

Thinking "why not?" I contacted the owner of the tree. We have exchanged several emails to discuss possible connections.

Yesterday I sent a message to Jody asking for permission to use the picture on this blog. Here is her response.

Deb,

Thanks so much for asking - and do feel free to use the pictures in your blog. It's so special to have the pictures and even more so to be able to share! I am retiring at the end of this month and am looking forward to more flexibility for genealogical exploration!

Jody

Genealogy happy dance! My husband is very glad I decided to reach out to this previously unknown cousin. Moral of the story ... just ask. Never know where it might lead.

Thanks, Jody!

12 comments:

  1. Deb,
    I have had several experiences doing what I call "cold" calls to people in my community to ask about their connections to my family through our ancestral lineage. Some have had no connection, but, others have and I too have struck "GOLD"! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Teresa,

      It IS so exciting when we get a response leading to new genealogy gold! Love hearing stories of other such connections. Congrats!

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  2. "Just ask" - such a good tip!! Putting ourselves out to others is such an important activity. Great post, Deb.

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    1. Celia,

      So true! The fact is we sometimes forget the simple parts of research by focusing on the brick walls. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Always love to hear your perspective. :)

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  3. I did that recently. I'm newly bitten by the genealogical bug, and have been having challenging fun, tracing my tree back on Ancestry.com (& some side forays into military records and Google books scanned county histories). In part because all of my family knows I'm doing this and keeps asking questions, I've also newly begun a blog. I've decided to weekly update my family/friends on my research that week plus highlight one ancestor on the blog. I'd decided to use my second-great grandfather for the first ancestor highlight as I have the most detail on him, after spending several hours tracking down his Civil War experiences, and finding a bio sketch of him in an 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois. In the course of clicking on little wiggling leaves I saw someone had a picture of him and thought it would be so neat if I could use that on the blog entry about him, so I contacted the owner through Ancestry. (& prayed). In about four days I had a wonderful response granting me the use of the picture in exchange for info on my family down from John Erwin. Since then my newly discovered third cousin once removed has been all sorts of helpful regarding the ancestors at that level (and answered my wondering about whether we were "some sort of cousin" not only with the answer but with a little tree illustrating it) . It was so wonderful to be able to post about my 2nd-great-grandfather, John Erwin and include his picture! And it really drew the attention of the younger generation (my nieces and nephew) too! He made me very, very happy! And all because I just decided to ask.

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    1. Jo,

      That IS some story of genealogy gold! Nothing better than connecting and sharing information. Thanks so much for sharing your tale.

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  4. This is so simple and so true! I have to remind myself all the time, don't be afraid...just ask. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Sometimes it's the simple things we forget! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Andrea.

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  5. Deb,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/10/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-october-4.html

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Jana,

      Thanks for the shout-out! You are just so very kind. Have a great weekend too.

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  6. Good advice -- what's the worst that can happen?

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    1. Wendy,

      True that! ;) Worse could happen, they just don't respond. If we don't try will never know if we miss out on something truly big. Thanks for reading the post and leaving a comment.

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