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I am feeling a bit overwhelmed due to the following:

Early last year, I made a connection with a lost family member whose section of the family had migrated to NJ and lost contact with the rest of the family. She and her husband attended last year's reunion. We thought we had the clear connection at that time, but now it is kinda muddy as to how our NJ Stewart's fit in. The two things that are definite is that the gggrandfather of the NJ Stewarts was born in the same county and state as our ggrandfather and migrated to Charlotte NC, next to Concord NC (which is where our home point is currently). The other less definite thing is that through the exchange of photos of past and present Stewart family members, there is an definite resemblance; some of us could be sisters and brothers, rather than distant cousins. Finding documentation for the ancestors of the Charlotte/NJ branch has not been forthcoming. But that's not the reason I am so stressed.

Today I receive a call from the NJ branch who informed me that 48 members of that branch have sent in the family fee and intend to attend the 7th Annual Stewart Reunion on June 30. And, she said, there may be more. Oh my God -- what have I done? I expected a few to come down but 50 or so more? Of almost total strangers? How will my known family members react? is the place we rented big enough? will we have enough food? Now, I have to fit them into the family tree when I am not exactly sure that they fit where my new cousin and I think they fit and they are so excited about attending and meeting their family! The thought of meeting 50 brand new people and trying to make them a part of us (who always knew about each other, even if we didn't know each other personally) - how do we pull this off.

Please, if anyone has ever had this type of situation arise, please help me out here. Any thoughts or suggestions will be very much appreciated - and maybe will calm me down a bit. Jeez, it was stressful bringing in one "new" cousin last year - now I gotta introduce them to 50? Y'all pray for me.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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