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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: WHY DO I SEARCH?
In Response To: WHY DO I SEARCH? ()

Hi Cynthia,
You've read some of my posts concerning my family reunion, but this is just one side of my family - thankfully the side that likes to get together and the side that has a couple of interested people in knowing their family heritage. BUT - I understand where you are coming from because there are other sides of my family tree, particularly that of my maternal grandmother's family, who does not seem to have that "getting together" spirit. My Mom has not seen some of her first cousins on her mom's side in over 40 years!! Since a good number of people in my maternal grandmother's family married people in my maternal grandfather's family (lots of double cousins), we decided to include them (maternal grandmother's family) in a past family reunion. We even added the surname of that family on our reunion. Low and behold, no one from that side of the family came. Months before the reunion, a couple of them said that they were attending, but didn't show up. I guess that they really didn't know what else to say to me, but to tell me something to get me off their backs. But, they didn't have to lie. If they were not interested, they didn't have to say that they were attending. Why do people do that? Anyway..because of their non-participation, we decided to just go back to the original reunion (maternal grandfather's side) and still had a great time! Now..one of my cousins on that side regret that they didn't participate. Oh well....

Don't ever stop researching because you may feel that no one in your family cares. First of all, do it for yourself. I'm sure you will continue to have that desire to know. Also, I'm sure someone will come along and express interest in your research and your desire to get together. Maybe you are reaching out to the wrong group of family members?? Maybe the ones who are keenly interested, you haven't met them yet. But when you do, what a glorious time you will have to be with people who knows and understands the meaning of family!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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