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Cousins Not So Distant

Cousins Not So Distant
By K Jay Willis
May 13, 2016, Thursday
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—– I had some spare time on my hands, so I stretched my family tree to 800 ancestors, and 110 living descendants.
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—– During February 2015, I joined Ancestry . com on their free trial.  And after researching my father’s side, I had 250 ancestors.  I figured I had enough, so I researched and found about 200 ancestors for on my mother’s side.  Then I remembered that most recruiters really like job candidates who rely on the family card.  So I kept going and building the two trees further.
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—– During a military holiday, I wondered how many of my ancestors were veterans.  So I looked through all of those ancestors, to find military service.  I didn’t just want the selective service card.  I wanted records of actual military service.  I found actual military forms.  And I found gravestones with military labels.  And I found death certificates that referenced military service.
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—– I found more veterans on my father’s side, than on my mother’s side.  So I kept looking on my mother’s side.  Soon I found an equal number of veterans on my mother’s side as my father’s side.  And by then, I had more ancestors on my mother’s side than my father’s side.  Since my mother is the family driver for genealogy, the ancestral advantage suited me fine.
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—– I had three dozen veterans, out of 800 ancestors.
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—– Then it occurred to me that recruiters like job candidates who have common ground.  So I looked to cover as many unique states as I could.  I posted those states as Facebook hashtags.  And I posted the last names as Facebook hashtags.  Also, I made a YouTube video of the major unique surnames, and I posted that by YouTube tags.
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—– But I still had free time.
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—– My family width is thin.  There aren’t many of us.  And geographically, we are on the opposite coast of our grandparents.  So I tried to find those ancestors who had the most children.  I found a half dozen ancestors who had more than 10 children.  And I continued to categorize ancestors by the number of children they had, while I stopped at four children and didn’t reduce further.
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—– I made graphic genealogy charts for my current living cousins and in-laws to find me.  And I attached those charts to every ancestor who had four or more children.  And I attached those charts to all three dozen veterans so their families could find our family.
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—– But there’s always the chance that the members of Ancestry aren’t as currently involved in research as I currently am.  And soon, I’ll too lose interest in genealogy, and cease research.
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—– So I decided to email my current cousins and current in-laws, who are also interested in my ancestors who had many children.  I found 110 cousins and in-laws who are interested in the same half dozen ancestors as I am.  I invited my cousins and in-laws to add my sparse thin family to their distant extended trees.
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—– And that’s how I met my 110 cousins and in-laws.
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Mom
Robert Miller Henry (1823 – 1904)——-40
Arthur Bitle (1828 – 1912)————–10
Lawrence Albert Crampton (1877 – 1957)—5
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Dad
Eugene Garfield Tubbs (1882-1952)——-20
Heine Julius Miller (1847 – 1934)——-20
Sarah Jane Harter (1831 – 1909)———10
William Alexander Emert (1877 – )——-10
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110 emails approximately
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Copyright (c) 2016, by K Jay Willis, All Rights Reserved.

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