I have met three of my first cousins once removed from this family (Harding) line in the last few years. There is actually one more that I haven't met yet, but have e-mail contact with. It has been such a joy to meet and have contact with these family members. As I have stated before, most of the last few years I have spent meeting family members (from more than one line) and oh what a joy that has been! To think I probably wouldn't have met any of these people if I hadn't gotten involved in family history is so sad. I have met the most wonderful relatives and I thank them for accepting me!
This afternoon I went to the Family History Library in my town. I had been there once before, but only for a quick overview about a year or so ago. I decided today to find out more about the FHL. I was greeted by a member of the genealogy society I belong to. He showed me around and explained all of the equipment, rooms, drawers of film and books to me. Then, he sat with me and showed introduced the sites that were available on the computer and actually did some searches on my gggrandfather (from yet another, completely different line) and the civil war. I spent 3 hours there today, and just played around with the sites. I actually found information on this gggrandfather and some unexpected information on a couple other lines. It was great fun, and I was sorry I had to leave, but they were closing.
When I came home, there I was again, on the computer checking email when I found mail from another cousin, a sister to the one I emailed this morning. She had been forwarded the pictures I sent her brother and she became intrigued. I immediately sent all the information I had received from my new online friend, to three of my cousins, as it looked as if there was interest.
The first cousin I had contacted about sharing photos and such, used to be involved in genealogy. I was at his home a couple years ago and he was kind enough to share information about my ggrandfather with me, pictures and documents. At that time I know he didn't have much interest in genealogy anymore. The pictures I sent him today interested him I believe as he forwarded them on to his sister. I don't know if this will provoke a true interest in genealogy again or not. I am not sure if he wants contact with my new friend or not. Maybe he doesn't want to be bothered. And, if he doesn't, that is okay by me, I understand. I just hope that one way or another I can connect with him again and learn more about my ggrandparents. I know he has a box full of genealogy, if not more. I wouldn't want to see his work go to waste!
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