David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Cousins Lost and Found

It starts with a message in my INBOX that says "New Message from ----- on Ancestry.com".  Sometimes it's someone asking me to help them to advance their family history research, but once in a while, not only do I find someone who has valuable information they can share with me, I discover a member of my family.  
That's what happened to me this week in the form of Janice, the granddaughter of my paternal great great uncle, Elby Adams.   Janice is at the beginning of her family history search and she found me on Ancestry.com while she was searching for her grandfather.  When she found him in my family tree, she contacted me and I was thrilled to hear from her. We have been able to exchange information about our family history and we now we both have a new family connection we were unaware of before last Monday. When I shared this information with my Aunt Joyce, she told me about all the fond memories she has of Janice's mother and she will now be able to share those stories with her. 
I am of the belief that there is nothing to be treasured more than our families, so today I am celebrating finding a missing piece to the puzzle.
Janice's parents in a photo she shared with me.


  1. Lori
    I was lucky to locate my fathers long lost cousins and my mothers adoptive sister's family. It has been a wonderful experience finding new relatives. Ancestry has been a big source of new relatives for me also!

  2. I agree. I have linked up with many family members through ancestry. I have found it so valuable to share stories and PHOTOGRAPHS. Congrats to you Lori on finding a new family member.

  3. Janice Spurlock RhodenApril 2, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Oh Lori, how can I thank you and Aunt Joyce enough. My little sister Rosie, came over last night and we looked at these family photos. Who looks like who? We laughed and held our grandbabies and great niece and nephew. Thanks to all your hard work you have paved a beautiful path for us. What has been such a blessing for me is that I have been in touch with someone that actually knew my Mom and remembers the good times. Thank you from all Harriett's children. I look forward to learning more together!

  4. How I love receiving emails from new cousins! It is great to share stories, get to know one another, and develop a bigger picture of family.