Like many of our genealogy crowd, I’m on Facebook. As are my brother, aunts, uncles and several cousins. Lotsa family.
Since so many of my Facebook friends are also family, we use the Facebook application, We’re Related. A handy way to chart current family members and maybe even meet a new “cousin” or two.
This morning, I checked my email and found this in my box from We’re Related:
“Barack Obama confirmed you as a cousin on We’re Related”
Really? A quick check of my gray-headed brain (staring blankly at my computer screen with that What’s-my-name-again look on my face…), I couldn’t immediately come up with a known link to President Obama. I mean, I voted for the man, but not because of any family-tie obligations. None of that “I had to, he’s my cousin!” stuff. True, policitians do run in my family. My second great-grandfather, Miles Francis Stanley I was County Commissioner for Hill County, Texas for several terms beginning on about 1895.
So, I clicked on the link in my email and it took me to this page:
Ok, there are some Smiths in my tree, but no Petersens. Let me just click on this image and it took me to this page: