Monday, June 28, 2010

Meeting New Branches of My Family Tree!

When I returned from my research trip back in May, I wrote a post about relatives I had never met who found me through my blog.  Well, yesterday I finally got a chance to meet them!

Mom and I left South Bend around 8:30 am and headed two hours south to meet up with Jean and DeeDee in a Panera's in Kokomo, Indiana.  With Jean traveling from West of Indy and Deedee living in downtown Indy, Kokomo was a central location for us to meet.  Although until today our only contact with each other had been through emails, I immediately felt a kinship with both of them!  We fell into a comfortable conversation (as only family researchers can) and the three hours we spent together just flew by!

                                                           Jean, Mom, DeeDee and I

We spent the time sharing notes and our favorite research sites.  DeeDee and I talked about our desire to learn more about cemetery preservation and are hoping to take a class together in August in Indy!  Jean is eager to join mom and I in conducting research in the Wabash, Indiana courthouse this fall.  How awesome this day turned out to be! 

This is what I love about genealogy....the people, the stories, the relationships......the families.  I'm so happy I got this chance to meet more of mine!


  1. Lovely !!
    Its nice to find other family members also interested in Genealogy *jealous *.... have a fun time when you all meet up again

  2. How fun! I'm hoping to meet with some cousins in July. Reading about your experience gets me even more excited.

  3. That's wonderful! It's so nice that you were able to actually meet. I have "met" a few "cousins" online, but never in person.

  4. How wonderful for you all. You are fortunate your mother is able to share in the genealogy of your family. Thanks for sharing this exciting adventure.

  5. I'm so happy that you had this experience. This is one of the best benefits of blogging. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Aw, it doesn't get any better than this! I'm hoping to meet up with a newly found distant cousin for a research trip in the fall!

  7. It's a great experience getting to meet a cousin you just found! I was able to meet up with a cousin I found on when I took my first genealogy trip to was great.

    Congratulations Lisa!

  8. Thank you everyone for your comments. It was a wonderful day!