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I received an email from someone last night...turns out she's my 3rd cousin on my mother's side! She had received an email from her cousin (who I assume is mine as well) saying he had seen a photo of her parents and siblings on my home page (see link). Here is what she had to say:

Dear Irita, My name is Shirley Barnett Wade. I grew up in Chicago, but I now live in Spring, TX. My cousin, Mark emailed your website to my sister in Chicago. I scrolled down the pictures and began to recognize the name Striblin, and especially Stevens. My father, Cleland Bernard Barnett, had a cousin named Orville Stevens. Well, I opened picture # 186 and there was my mom, dad, and my three older siblings. What a joyous rush I had! Thank you so much. However, you had their surnames incorrect. You listed them as Louise Strilin and Bernard Stevens (or Striblin) Mom is holding my brother Ronald James Barnett. You have ?,? for my sister Gloria Louise Barnett and Charles Bernard Barnett.

My mom was probably unaware that she was pregnant with me at that time. I was born in January the following year, 1938. What a blessing this picture is. Again, thank you!

Of course, I called my sister. She hadn't opened the picture, but remembers the Stevens girls.


What a wonderful feeling and a great surprise to make a connection with yet another relative!!!

Here is where I must first of all thank Afrigeneas for such a great -- THE BEST -- AA genealogy site. Next I must thank two individuals who also have connections to my Adams line and mean a great deal to me -- Denise Oliver Velez and Art Thomas. I met them in December 2002 right here at Afrigeneas! Thanks Denise & Art for the daily 'words of encouragement' to get my home page up and running!

Again, thank you Afrigeneas, Denise & Art. You are my inspiration and a blessing!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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