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Thread: I got a special treat today! (Not quilting related)

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    Let me start with some history...I do a lot of genealogy, and had sent a message to someone on Ancestry.com that had post the name of a man that was my grandmother's half brother, who we didn't know existed until I started working on this branch of the tree. I was anxious to find out more about him, because of divorce, etc., we knew nothing. A couple of months went by with no answer, and then one day I got a message on Facebook asking if I was the same Charlee Turner that had contacted her about her grandfather Burt? Yes!!
    I thought her name looked familiar, so I clicked on her name for her profile...and while it was limited information (we weren't friends yet) I saw that she was from Bend, OR. I knew then that I already knew this lady!! She had been a customer of ours here at the storage facility for 3 or 4 years!! Just had seen them the month before when they rented a Uhaul...we just didn't know then that we are cousins!!
    Today, her mom came to visit, and they came to see me at work! Her mom would have been my mama's cousin...we had a wonderful chat!!

    Do you see a family resemblance?

    Me, Jo Anne, Carolyn
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    :) for you

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    That is a neat story! Funny how things work out sometimes.

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    That's wonderful

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    How fun is that!!! I love ancestry.com. I have gotten info about my great grandmother that I never knew anything about. Thanks for sharing your story!

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    Wow, Charlee, what a coincidence, huh???
    Glad you found each other!! :D

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    Great to find lost family. I see the resemblance in you girls. You never know who are talking to or about.

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    It's all really cool...my mom's family was rather....uhmmm...atypical! ;)

    Mom's grandmother and grandfather were divorced, and he remarried Carolyn's grandmother...I don't think even my grandmother was aware of that marriage or the son that was born of it. I know my mother didn't know about it, or about Burt, who would have been her half-uncle, because I'm the one that told her that he existed. Funny...she didn't seem much interested in learning about him...no clue as to why...
    Anyway...I'm pleased as punch to have my "new" cousins!! Carolyn would by a first cousin, once removed, while her daughter Jo Anne and I are second cousins! :)

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    Small world isn't it?

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    OMGoodness!!!! That is such a wonderful story!!! :-D :-D

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    I found a cousin there that I never knew about. Our Grandmothers were sisters, we were born and raised about 30 miles apart but for whatever reason our families never got together or else they only got the adults together. He was glad to hear more family history from me, as I was from him. And we both grew up eating the same recipes from our Grandmothers' cooking. Still in email contact.

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    I too am a genealogist who LOVES ancestry.com...Congratulations on learning of your new family member. It's really exciting to "meet" new relatives...

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    Absolutely, I see a resemblance. Good for you that you
    found them.

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    What was really funny about it is that we had had many chats in the office before we found out! If I had to choose a cousin from among my acquaintances, I'd have chosen her in a heartbeat!

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    i think your noses & chins all resemble each others. I just went thru something similar to that with a jr. high school web site someone just started. One of the girls said she thought she was related to me & I didn't pay any attention thinking she was talking to the other girl in chat. Then the next time we got on she said it again. So we started discussing how we could be related & it was her grandmother Josephine & my Grandpa George. What is scarey is we all lived in the same small town growing up & we could have very well married our own cousin? But as it turns out I really don't think we were related & G'pa isn't alive to find out. There's no one left to ask either. But I thought what a small small world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    What was really funny about it is that we had had many chats in the office before we found out! If I had to choose a cousin from among my acquaintances, I'd have chosen her in a heartbeat!
    That is awesome!!! The internet is great for finding family. :) I am so happy for you guys. :)

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    How cool is that???Congrats on your newly expanded family!

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    It's always to nice to find more family. It's nice that you were already friendly with each other.

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    Good gravy, y'all look like sisters! Congratulations. How fun to find family you didn't know you had, and to all ready know one is a hoot.

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    I too have done family geneolgy. In touring a cemetery-- my DH tells people that we visit dead relatives!-- we found a woman buried next to his grandpa. This man died in the 1960's. grandma died 1930's. The woman we found in the cemetery was his second wife!! My husband never knew he was married again, the cousin with us said,"that's just as well, we don't talk about her." Maybe in your case the second marrage was taboo to talk about also. Congratulations on finding new family.

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    I too have done family geneolgy. In touring a cemetery-- my DH tells people that we visit dead relatives!-- we found a woman buried next to his grandpa. This man died in the 1960's. grandma died 1930's. The woman we found in the cemetery was his second wife!! My husband never knew he was married again, the cousin with us said,"that's just as well, we don't talk about her." Maybe in your case the second marrage was taboo to talk about also. Congratulations on finding new family.

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    sorry I clicked again by accident-cat steps!

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    sorry I clicked again by accident-cat steps!

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    Wonderful story.

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    How fun. :thumbup:

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