AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2
Found "Live" Family Today
Hello Afrigeneas Family,
I know everyone can relate to finding our ancestors through census records, marriage records, wills, oral history, etc. Today, I experienced finding a "live" family member through the internet.
This family member would call the family every now and then. The last call was over a year ago, but did not state their whereabouts. I often type this member's name in the different search engines to see if the search restults yield anything. For some reason I felt that one day it would because this person was a writer, author, photographer, musician, athlete, you name it!
Today, the results sent me to an article that he wrote and some short stories that he wrote. They were all posted on a website. I was sitting at my computer during lunchtime and I just can not describe how I felt just seeing this person's name and knowing that as of Feb. 2002, he was still alive!! The short stories sent tears to my eyes because one story was about my great grandmother who passed away in 1973. I knew it was him because only a few close family members knows my great grandmother by the name that he called her in the story.
I was elated just to know that he's alive!! I just can not put it in words the joy I felt knowing that his name still does not show up in the SSDI. I must admit, through searching, I would also check the SSDI too.
I emailed the website where the stories were written and they contacted me and will pass along my information to him the next time he comes into the office.
I apologize for being longwinded, but when you have genealogy in your bones, you search all avenues for your family. Whether or not you are looking for the dead or the alive ones. I know this doesn't have anything to do with ancestors directly, but indirectly my great grandmother's unusual name caught my eye while scanning through the first story.
Thank you great grandma! And thanks Afrigeneas for listening.