One of the best experiences in family history is meeting with new cousins found through your research. Tell us - How did you discover each other? Where did you meet? What type of information was exchanged and how did it benefit your research?
My great grandfather James Danson was one of 9 children (6 daughters and 3 sons) and my great grandmother Maria Rawcliffe was one of 5 surviving daughters - so there must be a lot of my distant cousins out there.
Three Sisters (and their Descendants) Traced
A Danson Bible Found
The website www.genesreunited.co.uk revealed a query from Janet on her great great grandfather John Danson who been born at Trap Farm, Carleton (near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire), which was my great grandfather's birthplace. I had encountered so many fruitless results on this website from so called "Hot Matches" which frustratingly matched on name and date, but not importantly on place. So this contact was wonderfu
|Trap Farm, Carleton|
Of much more quirky interest, though, was the fact the two front blank pages had been used for what looked like writing practice by the family of John's grandfather - as described in Scibbles in the Danson Bible.
One page featured signatures scrawled all ways - ones that can be deciphered are Henry Danson, Trap, Elizabeth Danson, Ellen Danson, Carleton, Peter Danson, Ellie Simpson, Carleton, Trap, Servant, 1830.
Trap Farm was where John Danson's parents were living in the 1841 and 1851 censuses, so this record first brought to light that the family were there in 1830. The fact that servant Ellie Simpson was also included in the activity and signed her name, somehow casts a lovely light on the informal nature of the household - though the fact they used a bible for this activity raises other issues!
Contact from a Nearby Third Cousin
|Sarah Alice Oldham and George Butler, |
Stuart's contributions to my family history has given my blogging activity a huge boost, as he had so many photographs and associated stories of his mother, a hairdresser in the 1920's, of his poet ancestor John Critchley Prince, his grandfather, a carter and coalman and in particular a wonderful collection of wedding photographs which has provided many an attractive posting of Magnificent Hats.
My American Links Uncovered
My most recent "lost cousin" was discovered a few months ago, again through my blog, after a search of over 10 years, with little success through websites and message board queries. My great grandmother's sister Alice, with husband John Mason and large family, emigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1886-7. My family history had had no overseas connections and I was longing to extend my interest to another country - and again thanks to the internet, I have "met" with Alice's great granddaughter Bonnie in New Jersey who has identified my Mystery Photograph and been a great source of photographs which I am looking forward to featuring in future postings.
|Florence Mason - youngest daughter of John Mason (pictured) and Alice Rawcliffe, my great great aunt.|