Ring! It's the Cousin Bait Bell!

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I don't know about you, but whenever I get a message from a cousin because they found me on WikiTree, I get super excited. I want to shout it somewhere. I love WikiTree! I love connections! I love cousins!

I was recently watching The Intern, and whenever something awesome happened, they rang this communal bell. I started thinking, it would awesome if we had some "bell" to ring to share yet another cousin "reeled in."  So, we're starting a continuous thread here to "ring the bell." We will begin a new thread each month, so they don't get too long..

Answer the question with your bell ring! Let's tally our cousin catches of the day ;-)
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (406k points)

Met Ernie Edmonston on ancestry.com & findagrave.com he is now a WT genaolgist, I built his tree to his parents he did the rest :) Dueslers have helped from findagrave.com, & I had lots of help from another cousin w/ Sydney Ham Virginius Goode CSA Virginia & family :) Am now working to get DNA matched cousins to WT from ancestry :)

If we build it they will come :) JPVIV

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Today,  a cousin of my father-in-law emailed me after finding his parents' profiles here on WikiTree to confirm research we matched on, and with new information for a first marriage I knew existed but had no name for. Ring!
by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (406k points)
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Ring! - beginning of the year I met for the first time a cousin (I didn't know existed) - she was born in South Africa when her parents moved there for a couple of years.

Oh my word - her and I look alike, we both take after my paternal grandmother.

The incredible thing is we now both live in the same town and meet up every couple of months.
by Anonymous Bowling G2G6 Mach 5 (59.5k points)
Wow, that's too cool!
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*RING* Through wikitree I've met close cousins on my Newman line twice, and on my Barber line a cousin who shared info that was particularly enlightening! When I can get to Shortland Cemetery in Thames I will be sprinkling wild flowers on my great great great grandfather Samuel Barber's grave ~ trust me, he has earned them!
by Nicky Blacklock G2G6 Mach 2 (28.3k points)
What's his story?

I haven't added his profile here yet, it's going to be one of my most enjoyable ones when I get to that line. Funnily enough I just had a look at his daughter's profile and found I'd asked a question here in g2g which I then closed with the note: Answer found, although not via an original ship list. I also found a can of worms :)           

He came all the way here to NZ with a 'Mrs Murphy' and went on to have several children. The cousin I met is descended from Samuel and her :) I have no idea yet if the story which came down to us that my great great grandmother Mary's mum, Samuel's 1st wife, had died back in Ireland is actually true, let alone if the 'governess' who accompanied my gt gt grandmother here was in fact the infamous 'Mrs Murphy'. At this stage I am pretty sure they were both bigamists! I've been waiting to hear back from the Wexford Church for months about Mary's mum. lol ... I'm really looking forward to honouring Samuel here on wikitree!

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