When I began my genealogy research I knew of one set of cousins from my St. Croix tree. My great uncle Willmar (Ludvig Conrad’s brother) had children and grandchildren. That’s it. We didn’t know of anyone else at all, no matter how far back. Then I started my research. Then I went online…
- The first cousin I found was a close friend of my mother’s. They always thought they were related but didn’t know how. I connected our trees – New Cousin #1 (4th cousin 1x removed)
- Then I found some of my van Beverhoudt ancestors in someone else’s tree on Ancestry.com. Like a good genealogist, I looked at each person, checked their sources, and contacted the owner. He was actually quite closely related to Cousin #1, and therefore to me. – New Cousin #2 (5th cousin 1x removed)
- Then I found another person, through their website, still living on St. Thomas. – New Cousin #3 (3rd cousin 2x removed)
- Then I started my blog. I knew that specializing in such a specific little territory like the Danish West Indies would attract a miniscule following, but it did. I’ve was on line for a couple of days when I was contacted by another person - New Cousin #4 (3rd cousin 1x removed)
- Then just this week, a mere two days after posting about my latest find, C. A. Conrad, I got an email from someone who was related, through marriage, to my great grandfather’s sister, Mary Conrad – New Cousin #5 (4th cousin through marriage)
- From information he sent me I tracked down a lady in Florida who was Mary’s great-grand daughter - New Cousin #6 (3rd cousin)
The moral of the story is get your genealogy out there and participate in the online world. While you are looking for cousins, your cousins are also looking for you. Be findable.