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Title: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Kazza on Tuesday 23 November 04 14:11 GMT (UK)
Today,  I heard from another cousin that I would not have known about if it were not for RootsChat.   ;D

It is a lovely feeling,  and I wondered if any other RootsChatters have been so lucky.

So,  answer my poll,  and let's see if RootsChat is helping people find new cousins.  ;D

Kazza.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Hackstaple on Tuesday 23 November 04 14:19 GMT (UK)
I have only found one other member who is even researching any name the same as my list. That was a totally different family.
I do not have  a lot of hope that will improve.
I have been a meber of Genes Reunited for a fair time and had only one contact from anybody whom I didn't know personally.
From Rootsweb - nothing at all - so Rootschat is not alone in failing me in that way. :(
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: casalguidi on Tuesday 23 November 04 14:31 GMT (UK)
Must be rare families then ......................... easier to find?

Casalguildi
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Kazza on Tuesday 23 November 04 14:31 GMT (UK)
Ohh,

Hack,  I feel guilty now for flaunting my cousins.  :'(

Kazza.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Rebecca Steele on Tuesday 23 November 04 15:35 GMT (UK)
Hi Hackstaple,

I just read your post, and have noticed you have an interest in the surname Morgan in the Glocestershire/Monmouth areas, what area in Gloucestershire are your Morgans from? I have Morgans in Ledbury/Eastnor, Herefordshire - Castlemorton,Worcestershire area and I think I may have just traced my Morgans back to the Monmouth/Glamorgan area.

I was posting someone last night (they were called DeComyn) who had a Thomas Morgan who lived in Gloucester.

Don't give up hope, you never know who you may find on here!  ;)

Rebecca
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: tabitha on Tuesday 23 November 04 15:45 GMT (UK)
I haven't found any cousins from RootsChat yet ...but I've only been using you for a couple of weeks so that's not surprising really!!

Have found 3 (possibly 4) otherwise.

Must admit since finding RootsChat I seem to spend more time trying to help others or sitting giggling at the entries on Lighter Side & Even Lighter Side than doing my own research!!

There's not enough hours in the day  ;D

tabitha
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Hackstaple on Tuesday 23 November 04 15:46 GMT (UK)
Hi there Rebecca - I was not starting a moan but replying to a question. Anyway my Morgans are all in the Forest of Dean where folk are registered as Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire or even Herefordshire.
They start with John Morgan b. about 1715 East Dean. His daughter Elizabeth b. 23 Mar 1741, East Dean, m. George Meredith on 31 Jan 1760.
Their son William Meredith m. Sarah Morgan b.1781 at Flaxley and m. at Flaxley 20 July 1802.
So the Morgans come in twice in 3 generations.

I would love any confirming data on the above.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Rebecca Steele on Tuesday 23 November 04 16:03 GMT (UK)
Blimey Hack! You have done well with yours!  8)

I know how frustrating it is to research such a common surname, especially in the areas we are interested in!  ::)

I think I've just got back to about 1802 with a Richard Morgan, who was from the Aberdare area. Mine seemed to move all over the Herefordshire/Worcestershire/Gloucestershire area though!

I do have photos of my Morgans in the Forest of Dean, but that was in the 1920s.

If I come across any of your Morgans in my search, I'll let you know!

Kind regards,
Rebecca
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Kazza on Monday 29 November 04 23:27 GMT (UK)
My second RootsChat cousin got in touch me today,  and I put her in touch with my first RootsChat cousin.  So that is 2 more RootsChatters who have found cousins through Rootschat.  ;D

Kazza.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Ticker on Monday 29 November 04 23:28 GMT (UK)
I bumped into my 7th cousin in the chat room!  How cool is that?
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Darcy on Wednesday 01 December 04 19:18 GMT (UK)
I'm quite sure that I am alone in the world in searching for my rellies  - 

Read /Bullock in Gloucestershire. - Pitts/Fisher in Lincolnshire - and Shepherd in Lancashire.

In this instance I would just love to be proved wrong.

Darcy  ;)
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: GRACELAND on Wednesday 01 December 04 19:28 GMT (UK)
Darcy i,m searching for them  ;D
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Geoff of Devon on Wednesday 01 December 04 20:12 GMT (UK)
I've been incredibily lucky and managed to find a very distant cousin (Jupp)related from way back around 1800 thanks to a newbie seeing my postings on the Sussex board.  :D
The funny thing is that I find I used to cycle past his grandfather's house EVERY DAY on the way to school without knowing it in Kenley!!! Now is that spooky or what! I have to mention there was a lot of moving around in between (~4 different counties).  :o
My great-uncle from another bit of the family was also buried at the same church that most of the Jupp family were interred at 100 years earlier and I was there for a christening two years ago walking around that very graveyard (St Mary's Caterham)!!!!
It seems fate has a horrible way of playing games as I now live hundreds of miles away!!
Hope you find some rellies soon Hack.... :'(
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: leagen on Sunday 05 December 04 18:00 GMT (UK)
Hack, in searching for some of my names the other day I actually came across Your name of Hackstaple.  It didn't connect w/my family but it was the first time I'd ever seen it.  At the time I was looking for info on Shufeldt/Shufelt- McDonald- Jenkins which all 3 connect to each other.  More likely the Shufeldt/Shufelt and McDonald names were the ones I was looking for when I found yours.  Just an idea I thought u might want to persue, looking under info for those 2 names to see if they connect w/your exact family.           Leagen
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: leagen on Sunday 05 December 04 18:11 GMT (UK)
Hack, I just looked at your list of names and see u too are researching Jenkins so it May have been that name under which I found your name, Hackstaple.  The names didn't fit w/my family but may fit w/yours.  I think it was at Distantcousin.com as that site was where I spent a long time researching.  You type in a name and  sometimes a Lot show up and u have to look at each to see if it is any connection to u  so it can take time to do but I found it to be worth the time as I did find some connections.  Leagen
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Hackstaple on Sunday 05 December 04 18:27 GMT (UK)
Leagen - I will certainly follow up on that. Very recently I had a PM from another Rootschatter and it may be that his grandfather was my grandmother's sister. we may be able to exchange some family history - that was also about Jenkins - a posting I made on the Yorkshire board [he was the Jenkins who got away!]. 8)
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Kazza on Tuesday 14 December 04 00:12 GMT (UK)
Hack,

So you may have met a Rootschat cousin after all.   8)  Virtually,  of course.

Kazza.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Rebecca Steele on Tuesday 21 February 06 15:32 GMT (UK)
I just felt that I had to resurrect this thread and tell you that a while ago, I found out that I have a rootschat (sort of) cousin!!!!!  :D :D :D :D :D

I saw that 'thomasg' had posted a thread called 'Bullocks of Castlemorton'.

I replied saying that my GGGGrandfather Richard Morgan married a Hannah Bullock in Castlemorton ..... and it turns out my Hannah Bullock was his mothers relation Peter Bullock's sister! ;D ;D :D :D

We have since been in contact through GenesReunited and swapped family tree information!
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Ticker on Tuesday 21 February 06 16:36 GMT (UK)
Fantastic Chui!  ;)

Another great result for RootsChat!

Best wishes

Ticker
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: mitchell on Tuesday 21 February 06 21:26 GMT (UK)
That's great Chui  :)

I've found one cousin through Rootschat ... she's my 4th cousin 1R. We were both researching the same surname in GenesReunited but didn't find a connection.

Then I posted some of my surnames in the Banff board on Rootschat which she spotted and it turned out that we had a common ancestor after all but in a different branch  :)

Elaine
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Rebecca Steele on Tuesday 21 February 06 22:07 GMT (UK)
Its great isn't it when you actually find a living ancestor ..... I always hoped that there was one out there .... and then found him on my favourite website! ;D ;D 8) 8)

Its kind of strange too though, cos you've had this name in your tree for such a long time and you've grown to love them in a funny way, and then all of a sudden they're part of someone elses family too!

Still hoping to find some more living ancetors out there somewhere!! ;D

Chui
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: linmey on Wednesday 22 February 06 07:39 GMT (UK)
I met my third cousin once removed the week I joined RC back in september. I remember being thrilled to bits and thinking there were going to be dozens of others out there , but so far she has been the only one and after hearing that other people have never found even one after years of searching, I realize how lucky I am.
      We started to send personal messages, then e mail, then hours on MSN, then just before christmas she became very poorly and we swopped phone numbers and we now speak to each other a couple of times a week. We get on really well and have a suprising amount in common.
     Its been a great experience getting to know family that I would otherwise have never known existed. I hope she will be back on RootsChat very soon when she is able to use her computer again.
           Linda.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Boongie Pam on Wednesday 22 February 06 08:00 GMT (UK)
I need to add another choice to the poll.

"I've met someone who I know MUST be a cousin but can't find the exact connection"

This comes through my GREENs, LOWTHERs, & PALMERs.

There is also another "finding people" connection in that I had a US look up done and the lovely soul posted a link to another site that had a message from a cousin in the States.  I've been invited to Wisconsin for a family reunion (our shared ancestor left these shores ~1870s).

I would not have found this connection if it hadn't been for the help of the great people here.

P ;D
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: annaandchester on Wednesday 22 February 06 08:08 GMT (UK)
I have found 4 or 5 through GenesReunited and nothing here YET. I only joined the tail end of last year and I would love to find a link here.
Here is hoping!!!

Anna x
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Rebecca Steele on Wednesday 22 February 06 08:10 GMT (UK)
Pam, you must be so excited! :D

It just proves that this website is a must for anyone doing their families history!
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Lady Di on Wednesday 22 February 06 09:15 GMT (UK)
I have had the absolute thrill and pleasure of meeting a new cousin on Rootschat - actually she is probably 5c 1r - but hey - it's still family!!

I haven't actually "met" my new cousin and family yet as they are in UK and I'm in OZ but being able to share "the hunt" is certainly a burden halved.

I must say, though, that when my new cousin replied to a thread of mine I really thought it was someone playing a joke - I never expected to find a living relative researching my family.

It may even happen to you Hackstaple!
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Boongie Pam on Wednesday 22 February 06 10:19 GMT (UK)
I have found 4 or 5 through GenesReunited and nothing here YET. I only joined the tail end of last year and I would love to find a link here.
Here is hoping!!!

Anna x

Anna,

To get your hopes up try this...

Search on Google for Zych Poland - who is the second hit?  ;D

Most people will feed their surnames into google to look fro fellow researchers.  So the next Zych historian maybe on the way  ;D

It's good to note that Anna does well there because she has her surname interests in her profile.

Yes Chui, I get a huge kick out of sharing my research.  Especially photos.

Pam
 ;D

Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: sheddyg on Wednesday 22 February 06 10:42 GMT (UK)
Never mind Hack - I haven`t met anyone on Rootschat either  :'( and I`ve been a member for over a year. But we live in hope. I know they`re out there somewhere.

sheddyg.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Rebecca Steele on Wednesday 22 February 06 10:53 GMT (UK)
You must never give up hope ...... you never know who will turn up! ;)

One thing I usually do, when reading peoples posts, is to check which surnames people are researching.

Also, I do a search every now and again on here, for the surnames I am researching ..... cos you never know, you may have missed that vital post! In fact thats how I found my 'rootschat cousin'!

Chui
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Hackstaple on Wednesday 22 February 06 11:05 GMT (UK)
I suppose I should update my bleat as it goes far back. I have had, quite recently, some correspondence with a fairly distant relative who saw one of my postings on Rootschat.
The chap who contacted me about 18 months ago suddenly disappeared - "Canicus" are you reading this?
The upgrade of systems on Genes Reunited as well as their vast membership has been very beneficial as I am in touch with several 2nd and 3rd cousins from that source. Their Hot Matches system seems to work although one must eliminate lots of chaff.
Through Rootschat I also found the death record of one of my uncles by marriage, in Vancouver, Canada. From that I was able to trace one living cousin in Ontario and learned of the death of my aunt in rather tragic circumstances.
Another cousin mentioned that he saw a record on Amazon of a piece of music, a song really, written by my grandfather, Stanley V. Murrill. I cannot imagine why it was there as neither they not their various affiliates had it for sale. However it was a valuable lead to the British Library catalogue. There I found 4 songs by him that had been published between 1911 and 1914 [he was killed in France in 1917]. I have ordered copies of all 4 - at a pretty fancy price.
So, all sources are potentially valuable. Rootsweb, on the other hand, has never produced the slightest sign of a contact, nor did Curious Fox. I nearly lost all will to live when I tried Lost Cousins. 8)
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: annaandchester on Wednesday 22 February 06 11:08 GMT (UK)
Pam,

I cant believe I am now famous!!!! On the first page of a google search!!! Without even trying!

I must google more often!!!

Anna x

Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Hackstaple on Thursday 23 February 06 21:04 GMT (UK)
Friends - what did I get today? Copies of 4 songs written by my grandfather Stanley V. Murrill and published by various publishers. And - one had his photo on the cover! And - one had his bride Ada Damary, as the singer Daphne De Marie, and that is something nobody in my family knew!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Rebecca Steele on Thursday 23 February 06 21:06 GMT (UK)
Oh wow Hackstaple, that must be amazing!!! I'm so pleased for you ......

Wish I could come across something like that!!

Chui
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: linmey on Thursday 23 February 06 21:07 GMT (UK)
Fantastic Hack. You lucky thing.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Boongie Pam on Friday 24 February 06 07:24 GMT (UK)
That is absolutely wonderful Hack.  Words would fail just how excited I would be if I could get photo's like that.

Will you be putting them on your website?

P ;D
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: RuthieB on Friday 24 February 06 16:44 GMT (UK)
I think I've made more contacts through GenesReunited, but I love Rootschat because, well, you can chat a bit more (usually with people who aren't any sort of relation at all but sometimes better than 'real' family!!!! ;D

Having said that, Carol80 is my Fifth Cousin it would seem!

RuthieB
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: sheddyg on Friday 24 February 06 18:42 GMT (UK)
Well whaddya know!! :o I`ve just recieved an email from a distant cousin on GR!! :o

Thanks guys  ;D this thread is obviously working some magic!!

sheddyg

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: 1000xlch on Friday 24 February 06 19:37 GMT (UK)
Hi All

First of all I must repeat many times until I am GOOGLE EYED  :o  Finding connections on rootschat and GR quite a lot.  Not made it to the front cover of music yet but working on it!

John Rowley
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Rebecca Steele on Saturday 25 February 06 13:44 GMT (UK)
Wow sheddyg thats great!

Glad that I resurrected this post now!

Chui
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: corbie on Saturday 25 February 06 13:46 GMT (UK)
Hi you lovely folk on this site,
  After voting in the poll "not yet" Thanks to JACKIE G I have now been in contact with my cousin Philip in Tasmania! This is a milestone for me as he is the last of the first cousin's I was trying to find. So that is a circle now complete!
      After 30yrs of searching it shows that "patience" does have a way of paying off! So never give up all of you out there!!
    Now it's on to 2nd cousin's. I haven't got another 30yrs left in me so wish me luck!!
     Thankyou to all who have helped me in this quest!!
                 Sue
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: celia on Saturday 25 February 06 14:36 GMT (UK)
I think i went into shock a few weeks ago, I was contacted by a lady.Who when messing around on her computer looking for  information on her grandmothers, Greatorex family(Of which she had just started a tree for)she  came up with my parcial posting on Rootschat.  Read some mails,then contacted me to tell me we shared the same G.Grandparens. Her grandmother was my grandmothers sister,of which i already knew,because i have a photo of the whole family. Taken in the early 1900, i have now been able to send some info to give her a start doing her own research (everyone does it in there own way). I have also been able to send old photo's. In return i have recieved photo's and info i would not have had otherwise. Still cant believe it though ;D

Celia
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Siouxzie on Saturday 25 February 06 16:52 GMT (UK)
Not found any on Rootschat yet but GR has turned up quite a few.

But I am sooo frustrated at the mo - the blooming hot match thing, which I thought was such a waste of space has come up with someone really hopeful.  She has my 2 x great grandfather and his family.  Hurrah, I dash off a contact me please and.........nothing it has been two days.

I know you lot wouldn't let me languish for two whole days without getting back to me.  Where is she  - she is possibly a relly - a Bearman one at that.  I know I should be patient, but I want to know now!
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: sheddyg on Saturday 25 February 06 18:40 GMT (UK)
Thanks Chui  :)

Corbie, Celia - thats such good news!  :)

Siouxzie - Why do people do that? ::) I`ve contacted countless people on GR and never heard a thing. I think, maybe some people dont renew their membership and so are unable to reply - who knows! Still its only been 2 days, and, I know this is hard to believe, but there are still some folks out there who don`t devote their every waking moment to thier family history. I know, hard to imagine isn`t it!   ::) ;) ;D
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Kennington on Saturday 25 February 06 19:39 GMT (UK)
Hi all

Have met quite a few third etc  cousins on GR but one even closer cousin contacted me via Rootschat after seeing an old posting of mine.

We have the same maiden name as our grandfathers were brothers, and lots of news to catch up on. Hopefully we will meet up in the summer, which will be really lovely.

I can't begin to express the delight I feel about this contact ;D ;D

Mary
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: dedted29 on Sunday 26 February 06 05:32 GMT (UK)
Finally!  I have at least located someone who was at some point and hopefully still is researching my TRICKER line.  While it was not on Rootchat itself that I found their information, the link that gives me such hope was from a Rootschat post!!! :D  YIPPEE!  I just hope that the connection is not so old that they've changed email's twice or more :-\ or given up entirely!   It certainly is exciting at finally having at least chance to exchange information with this elusive family of mine.  Thanks you very much Rootschatters!! ;D
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: MarieC on Sunday 26 February 06 06:56 GMT (UK)
Think when I voted, many moons ago, I voted "Not yet, but expect to".  Now I would probably vote "No, and I don't expect to!!"  Apart from a couple of distant cousins I have found in other ways, I don't think anyone in the "missing" parts of the family is doing family history - that is, if there is anyone out there in the missing parts!!

MarieC
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Heather D on Sunday 26 February 06 09:15 GMT (UK)
Don't give up yet Marie!

I voted the same way as you initially and now have three contacts ....2 distant offshoots of my Padgett line and a Willmott cousin who actually found me on here through an internet search. It's been so lovely to "meet" them and share what we have.

Hope you get some luck soon :)
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: jacdee on Sunday 26 February 06 11:43 GMT (UK)
I haven't found anyone researching the same lines as me.  :( And my surnames aren't even that uncommon!
Its not as if i'm being greedy either - i'd be happy with a very distant rellie!
I'm quite envious of those of you who have made contact with distant relatives, but maybe I haven't been doing it for long enough and need to be a little more patient!!

Jacdee
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Nick Carver on Sunday 26 February 06 17:11 GMT (UK)
I left a message on a very rarely used Scottish county board. Many months later, I had a reply which came from a distant cousin who had found the information I left. That is the only direct contact I have had in this way but cousins I have found through Genes Reunited have subseqently come onto this site.

I just get the feeling that GR is more geared up to finding cousins
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: 1000xlch on Sunday 26 February 06 18:00 GMT (UK)
Hi jacdee

It does take time and patience with the inevitable ups  8) and downs  ::) I have been researching for 7 years and collect all the twigs and branches sideways backwards and forwards.  It does yield some good results as you go further back because of contacts.  Worth checking some sites like geneanet or gencircles and GR, Cindys list etc.  Even a google might help!

Cheers

John Rowley
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: jacdee on Sunday 26 February 06 18:25 GMT (UK)
Hi
I've never even heard of Geneanet or Gencircles!!
I'm off to have a look at them now.....fingers crossed!!

Jacdee
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: LibbyW on Sunday 26 February 06 18:40 GMT (UK)
About 3 weeks ago I found...  or should I say she found me and we are 4th cousins she's in Canada and we have been chatting ever since. Its so cool ;D
Libby
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Rebecca Steele on Wednesday 01 March 06 11:38 GMT (UK)
I don't want to boast, but I just had to share this with you, although it isn't really relevant to rootschat ...... I've found another distant relative ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D 2006 has been a good year to me so far in this respect! 8)

This time it was through GR's Hot Matches ..... first time I've really looked at it too!! ;D :D 8)

This one's through my GGAunt Ann Morgan who married Henry Evans, her GGGrandads brother!!

Only found her yesterday, so not shared any information yet but hopefully over the next few weeks we will!

And there was me beginning to think I was the only one left! 2 distant relatives in a month ;D ;D 8) 8)

Just out of interest, as we share the same GGAunt, what relation does that make us? I'm no good at working out that sort of thing ::)
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Romilly on Wednesday 01 March 06 11:53 GMT (UK)
Today,  I heard from another cousin that I would not have known about if it were not for RootsChat.   ;D
It is a lovely feeling,  and I wondered if any other RootsChatters have been so lucky.
So,  answer my poll,  and let's see if RootsChat is helping people find new cousins.  ;D
Kazza.

Hello Kazza,

Mainly through help on here, I have been lucky enough to trace three 1st cousins on my father's side. I've met one of them & am in email contact with the other two. There is another missing cousin, but so far none of us has been able to find him.

None of my cousins knew about me & my sisters, - mainly because my father died when we were all young & contact had broken down earlier between my father & some of his brothers. Also, because my father was 30 yrs older than my mother, it was harder to find out about him.

Luckily, my cousins were delighted to hear about us, & I'm hoping that we will keep in touch now!

Thanks to all who helped on here!

Best Wishes, Romilly. :)
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Lainys on Wednesday 01 March 06 11:55 GMT (UK)
Hi,

I found a second cousin (twice removed) through GR last week.  We have shared our family trees.  Info from him was really good.

Also found info through GenCircles matching but no contact as yet.

Dollycat
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: susan p on Wednesday 01 March 06 15:31 GMT (UK)
Found a few which is great.. But i wish I could find someone searching for names I`v hit brick walls with talk about frustrating(lol) .
Susan
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Romilly on Wednesday 01 March 06 15:37 GMT (UK)
Found a few which is great.. But i wish I could find someone searching for names I`v hit brick walls with talk about frustrating(lol) .
Susan

Hi Susan,

Perhaps we should have a "Brickwall" part to this Conf... ;D ;D

(I could certainly use it at the mo:-(

Best Wishes, Romilly.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: susan p on Wednesday 01 March 06 15:44 GMT (UK)
Hi,
sounds a good idea we could all get frustrated together,on the other hand we could laugh about it together. now thats a better idea.
Susan
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: CarolBurns on Thursday 02 March 06 00:28 GMT (UK)
Well I found a 3rd cousin on the very first day I joined Rootschat and then last month I was contacted by the wife of my Dad's 2nd cousin. Both of these are from the same family. My Great Grandmother was sister to the Great Grandfather of my 3rd cousin and to the Grandmother of my Dad's 2nd cousin. Haven't met the 3rd cousin yet but meeting 2nd next month to swap photos etc.

I have also found my 2nd cousin on mum's side through GR and also 3rd cousins throughout both mine and hubbies families so not done too badly

Sorry to brag  :-[

In other ways such as letters, telephone and newspapers I have found Aunties, Uncles & 1st cousins still alive so never just count on the internet.

Carol
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: sheddyg on Thursday 30 March 06 12:00 BST (UK)
Well, its now a month on since I whinged...err I mean posted...on this thread and I am delighted to say that I have now contacted AND HAD REPLIES FROM ;D ;D ;D five seperate cousins (third & fourth). This has all been through Genes Reunited - hot matches and detective work helped by the  bmd (beta) on ancestry. This has given my research such a boost - its all so exciting after all these years of trudging along on my own and, of course, I will be recommending Rootschat to them! ;D
sheddyg.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Nick Carver on Thursday 30 March 06 23:27 BST (UK)
Changing the tack of this thread just a tad, I am sure that you all (like me) appreciate it when a rellie, however distant, becomes known to you. Just as Murphy's Law in everyday life tends to apply, I wonder if there is a law of genealogy that says that the chances of your making a new contact iis inversely proportional to just how much you need that contact to fill in gaps?

Having said that, I was trawling around for Mays from Berkshire for the first time in ages and stumbled across a chap who claims to have documented his May tree back to the 1450s. I sent him details of my line and his response indicated that my details were "very interesting" and that he would look into the link in more detail when he got back from a business trip. Now I was not particularly bothered about finding May rellies (at the time, anyway) so should this link prove to be a fit and provide me with a huge leap in my knowledge base, but the line I am tearing my hair out trying to link to, only in the early 1800s is proving totally impenetrable.

I am not suggesting that this proves my theory of the law of genealogy, merely that I am postulating the theory as a consequence of my experiences but I would be interested in hearing other people's views.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Romilly on Friday 31 March 06 09:35 BST (UK)
Hi Nick,

I'd agree that it is funny the way that people seem to pop up when one is completely stuck...

Perhaps some of it is down to divergent thinking, - i.e if we're stuck, we go off on other tracks...& sometimes find success when we're least expecting it!

Best Wishes, Romilly.
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: MarieC on Friday 31 March 06 10:14 BST (UK)
Hi Nick

Must say I like your theory!  I have a family which is proving stubbornly resistant to being traced, and like you I am back to the early 1800s with nowhere to go from there!  Thanks to Rootschatters and a very kind Roman Catholic church in London, I now have some details about children born to the 1802 marriage, but cannot trace their parents back.

I know that my lot had no descendants (apart from the one who came to Australia, about whom I know plenty), so that line petered out.  There were myriad cousins, but two things militate against my finding more about our common ancestors: many of them became priests, brothers and nuns (so no children!), and there seems to have been a breach of relationship between my gggrandfather and the rest of his birth family, because he either converted to C of E or allowed his children to be brought up C of E.  No distant cousins have come forward, and even if they do, will they know the things I want to know???

A very frustrated

MarieC
Title: Re: RootsChat Cousins
Post by: Katrina Tricker on Sunday 21 June 20 23:52 BST (UK)
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