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Facebook Puts Genealogists in Contact with New Cousins

Facebook Puts Genealogists in Contact with New Cousins

Looking back over the year, I could think of many things to be thankful for.  But, I am most grateful to several Azorean cousins who have taken the time to share their family stories with me.  I would have never found them had it not been for Facebook. Who Knows What Happened in the Azores After My Ancestors Left? Ten years ago, I came into contact with a woman from Massachusetts.  We had similar surnames in Maia, a village on…

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Why didn’t I think of this before?

Why didn’t I think of this before?

The more I spread my family tree out on the internet the more cousins I drag in (willingly, of course.  Just this month I have had four new cousins find me through Facebook and I’ve made two new ones through my DNA test. I love finding new cousins, really I do!  But, I’m finding that despite my stellar ability to remember which great great grandparents had which kids, I lack when it comes to, say, remember where I put my…

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A visit with cousin Marian

A visit with cousin Marian

[I am working my way backwards through Amy Coffin’s 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy because I wasn’t paying attention the first half of the year.  This is week #31…Cousins.] I have had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of a few cousins online through my genealogy.  In some cases we have been able to meet in person.  I think one of most memorable meeting with my Pacheco cousin, Marian (Catanio) Shaieb, who I met within the first year or two…

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It’s One of the Rewards of Genealogy

It’s One of the Rewards of Genealogy

When I started my family tree, I was rewarded many times.  Cousins who had never heard of me before receiving my letter, email, or phone call shared stories, data, and photographs.  Every time I saw a bulging envelope in the mailbox I was delighted. I was never satisfied researching a single line or my pedigree.  I tracked every darn cousin–including the 45+ Pacheco cousins of my Grandfather.  Each time I found someone living, I collected information on both sides of…

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