Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Friday, April 19, 2013

Underway and making way

Underway and making way is a nautical term that means you are not secured to a fix structure and you are actually moving.  That describes our status nicely.  We traveled over 400 miles yesterday and made our first stop near Rome, GA to meet someone who may be related to me.  He became Facebook friends with Anneke because we share the same last name.  In all my travels I never met someone with my last name that was not related to me, so I was looking forward to comparing notes and seeing if we were indeed related.

We met at one of his favorite eateries and had a great conversation.  His sister has done extensive research on the family name genealogy and I have done some.  We soon discovered that we did indeed come from the same major branch of the tree.  We figured out that our great grandfathers were brothers.  We discussed many of our family traits and quirks and in general had a good time.  This encounter has inspired me to get back to the genealogy research I started after our visit to the Mormon Family Center in Salt Lake City, or I could just buy his sister's published book on the family history.

We then moved on to our mooch docking spot at our daughter's house for the weekend.  We luckily decided to leave on Thursday as it has been raining all day to day.  At least everything is very green here.

Tomorrow will be a surprise birthday party for our Grandson Aleister.


E Squared and Mui said...

Nice to meet up with a long-lost family member. Happy Surprise Birthday to Aleister!

Gail Houle said...

Happy Birthday to Aleister!
Very cool story about meeting your relative. It truly is a small world...Facebook helps :)

Sherry said...

I sure wish someone would write a book on my family tree. I'd love to know but the effort to find out keeps me in the dark. Sounds very interesting to meet an unknown relative. Safe travels! And happy birthday to Aleister!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

How many POB and who has your radio guard? ;c)

Amazing meeting kinfolks you never knew you had! Really cool!

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

When you two move, you really move. 400

What a neat story of meeting your relative.

Happy birthday to Aleister.

Rick Doyle said...

Congrats on meeting your relative - neat story!

Happy Birthday, Aleister! Eat lots of cake!!

Laura said...

It is fun to meet distant relatives. As they say, "blood is thicker than water" and strangely it is true. I'm looking forward to meeting some long-losts this summer at a family reunion :-)

Phyllis said...

The Internet sure has provided a great way to make contact. (Sometimes not so proper also)

I had a 2nd cousin who did all the family research many years ago. Fortunately she chose one of my daughters to inherit her collection of files upon files and boxes upon boxes. She did all this pre-Internet.

400 miles is a lot in one day. Take it easy there.

Judy and Emma said...

Sounds like you have PDD too. Is it a coasty thing?? ;)

Bob and Jo said...

We also got fired up on genealogy after our visit to Utah. Did a lot but still more to do. 400 miles is quite a day.

Karen and Al said...

How fun to meet a long lost relative.