And a wonderful first cousin far away in Ontario - who had been lost to the family since a post-war divorce - found me from my post on the KUHN message board online, "looking for relatives"! We were both flabbergasted to find each other, and thrilled to find we both love genealogy. What a wonderful experience - we've become friends as well as relatives. Cuz Dave - you're the BEST! Pooling our information and researching skills, we managed to prove much in our KUHN line in particular.
All those other cousins shared photographs, memories, stories, copies of various documents, many notes, and great conversations. And along the way, I've discovered much to enjoy. These are lovely people. Why on earth didn't we know each other better, before now -?
Several of these cousins have big family reunions or picnics or huge Christmas dinners in a hall, on a regular basis. I envy them their opportunities to keep in touch, to know what is happening with various couples, their children, the whole extended family. Wouldn't it be nice if we did this, too? But somehow we're scattered in my family of origin. Usually 'someone' keeps in irregular touch and passes on information. Of course, a divorce or two does make it challenging. Sigh. These days, funerals are our major method of meeting!
|James Grover TERWILLIGER|
Souvenir Album (1800s)
Cousins. They have a different take on the family stories, remember events differently, but they're definitely family. And for genealogy details, nothing can beat a cousin.
Love to all my far-flung cousins - Celia