Wednesday, March 03, 2010
I'm a genealogist.
I've been tracing my family tree for over fortyseven years now and have accumulated an awful lot of names and met an awful lot of people!
Last week a quite distant cousin got in touch with me, her dad, who's eightyeight, was brought up in the village but left at the age of fifteen when his mother died. He and his siblings were farmed out to various relatives and brought up separately. His daughter has been researching his family tree and eventually someone put her in touch with me. Seems they're relatives from a twig off a branch from my mothers side of the tree.
The upshot is they came to visit on Monday and we had a really enjoyable day.
I knew they were coming so had dug out various photos, books etc that had anything to do with them or the village and he was very happy recalling things from seventyfive to eighty years ago.....Hey! steady on, I know what you're thinking, she's not that old!!.....well no, but I could remember the same people about thirtyodd years later so we managed very well.
The time fairly flew past and even though I'd never met them before it seemed as if I'd known them all my life. We're going to stay in touch and I've put him in touch with two of his school friends who are still living in the area and his daughter is arranging visits with them.
Isn't friendship wonderful?
It reminds me of the wonderful friends I've made on Spark.....it's just like one big happy family too!