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Many of us find ourselves longing for a connection to something, or someone from the days we cannot touch; sometimes inspired by a photograph or a scrap of withering notation we found tucked away between the pages of a book in a long-forgotten trunk, or some emotion we cannot ignore. There seems to be a common thread that connects us all to the past; be it a name, an expression, or a geographical placement in this timeline we call mortality. Whatever it is that connects us, and draws our thoughts and hearts to one another, seems to be the passion that brings us to this blogging thing. My hope for any connection leads me to share with you some commonalities in blogging, daring to claim a place among the great writers; but if nothing more than my own journaling, it will be a tangible way for me to make sense of my own individuality, vulnerabilities, and emotions as I continue on this journey called life. I hope this blog may encourage and uplift.

Monday, August 20, 2012

A New Cousin! Thanks to the Net

I am so grateful for the forums that are available out there on the net. A number of years ago, I posted a query on about my William and Lovey Patterson family, and last week I got a response from a distant cousin, who also gave me a new sibling for their family. I have been corresponding with a cousin in the same tree, who I just met in March of this year. She actually lives near the City where this family resided for several generations- since the 1830's. Since  having connected with these two cousins, I have come so close to solving the mystery of our William's parentage. At least we now have connected them to Fayette County, Kentucky, prior to their migration to Morgan County, Illinois. I knew many years ago where William and Lovey Truitt Patterson were married and when, but, until recently, I did not look into the details of what I had collected. After finding the "how-tos" of reading the census, I was able to make sense out of what had been scrawled on paper all of these years, and then actually discarding it all, because of the resources found on line.
It is because of the information that is so readily available, that we can connect with other researchers and further our work in less time than, say, about 15 years ago. I still have much to learn about the resources out there, and I can put a plug here for the upcoming 14th Annual Family History Day at the California State Archives 13 Oct 2012 (see details here I am looking forward to learning more about Genealogical Research. One of the classes I hope to attend is the Jewish Genealogy Research class. I just discovered last year that my husband's family name Haskel is Jewish, and I don't have a clue on how to research over the seas, much less Jewish Roots. His name is also said to be Russian or Polish. There will also be a class on Eastern Europe Research. Well, take a look at the website to see what you might be interested in if you happen to be in this area. If not, I hope when it happens in  your area, you will have a chance to attend.
I am also attending a class at my local Family History Center on Self-Publishing through
So, much to do and much to learn, but I am accomplishing much because of the generosity of others in sharing their experiences and research.
The work moves on!


Jacqi Stevens said...

How exciting to connect with another distant cousin, Brenda! The Internet is just exploding with more resources for genealogy research, and I see these occurrences happening much more often. Of course, the more we all post--by blogging or by contributing to organized efforts such as indexing--the more we enable others to find us.

Brenda Clifford said...

So True, Jacqi,
We seem to touch more people in ways that really improve our research efforts, and meeting you on the web looks like we might be kin as well. Your Perry County Ohio connections seem interesting to me. We probably share some family there.

Jim S said...

First of all, I love the cover photo of your blog. I found your blog through Geneabloggers and welcome.

I've found countless number of cousins through my research. Even one first cousin of my mom, which my mom never knew about.

Regards, Jim
Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

Sue said...

Good luck!

Jacqi Stevens said...

Brenda, I'd love to compare notes. Do you have your tree posted anywhere online? It seems everyone in Perry County is related to everyone else there, so you may be right--even though I think people mean that saying as a joke! And when you mentioned that we might have connections, I couldn't help but think that I also have Cliffords married into some of our family's lines...although in the Chicago/Indiana areas.

Are you on Twitter, by the way? I'm at @jacqistevens. Let's connect!

shellt said...

Beautiful blog. My ancestor left Georgia in the 1880's and moved to the west. Through the internet, I've been able to find descendants of his siblings that remained in the south. I keep thinking how much my grandmother would have loved researching in this day and age when connecting is so much easier. Best of luck with your blog!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

Dr. Bill ;-)
Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
"Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"
The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist:

Brenda Clifford said...

Thank you to all who have come by to say hello and welcome! I am excited to be able to share my passion about Genealogy and connect with others who share the same passion.