by Abby Glann

Hello Cousins!

Many of you are excited to find your connection to not just to AJ Jacobs but also to your own ancestors as well as the Global Family. However, you  just do not know where to start. Well, in the brilliant words of Maria von Trapp, “We’ll start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.”

The very first thing you should do is grab a notebook and a pencil and go talk to your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents about your family. Ask them for names, dates, and places. Write it all down, including little stories and what seem like oddball facts. Parents aren’t around anymore? Try aunts, great aunts, uncles, and great uncles. Anyone who may have a bit of information.

Hang on to that notebook-we’re going to do so much more with it on our journey to cousinhood!

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  2 Responses to “Abby’s Cousin Connection Tips #1: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning”

  1. You never know what stories are going to help you. My grandfather told me his family name had been changed from Koonradt to Conrad at some point, but he didn’t know when or by whom. I carried this information around for 15 years after he died and the internet was able to catch up. It took me a few more years to try little tweaks of the spelling until I found the Coonradt family in 2009, which I now know to be the Conrad forebears.

  2. Hi Abby
    I have met many cousins (2nd 3rd etc) online and in real life thanks to our common hobby of genealogy.They are in many countries and often have different names but the data shared to work out a common ancestor is usually enlightening and often explains “what happened to ?” This is a line of research which can pay richly. Good luck in your endeavour.

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