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!
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!