Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

One of the best experiences in family history is meeting with new cousins found through your research. Tell us about your favorite cousin meet-up. How did you discover each other? Where did you meet? What type of information was exchanged and how did it benefit your research?

Several years ago, not long after I started researching my family, I happened on a website containing McBurnett data. Dovie C McBurnett, my “Indian Gammaw” was my great-grandmother through my Dad.

As I traveled about the site, I discovered a lot of important info, lots of dates and places. I quickly decided that I needed to contact the owner. Maybe we could share docs or photos.

So I sent an email to the contact address and within a few hours a lady replied. Turns out she is a child of Dovie’s oldest son, my great-uncle Gene Hall. I remember Gene from when I was a kid! He and my Dad were in business together at one time. I was so excited to meet my first “online cousin”!

Further communication and sharing ensued. This lady sent me several photos, including the only images I have of my grandfather and step-grandmother:


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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