One of the things that surprised me was the number of people who thanked me for posting pictures and information on the family. I have a Fredricks Genealogy Group page on Facebook, in addition to this blog. Isn't it nice to be thanked for something that you enjoy doing? I would never have guessed it brought enjoyment to others. It also gave me the opportunity to encourage them to post pictures and information on the group page.
Shortly after looking at pictures, another cousin came up and said she wanted to introduce me to someone. This 'someone' was a first cousin of my mother's. He had a piece of paper and was looking for genealogy information! I was very happy to meet him, Bill Fredrick, for the first time. We chatted and agreed to sit down and chat further after we ate, which we did. We compared what information we had and decided it would be easier to just chat and then exchange detailed information via email. Since he was from one line of the Fredrick family and I was from another, I knew I could fill in the blanks from my family line.
I didn't breakthrough any brickwalls that day, but just connecting with a new cousin and reconnecting with other cousins was enjoyable. I did find out a few things:
- My great grandfather was in the military in Prussia right before he left for America.
- My cousin, Rosie, has all my grandmother's recipes. (I hope she will share)
- No one is fessing up to who has the Family Bible, though. (Believe me, I asked!)