My name is Jennifer and I am a cousin collector. My research plan this morning was to find a living descendant of my maternal grandmother’s brother, Tom. Tom had two sons, who my grandmother referred to as “Timmy and Tommy.” Within 30 minutes, I had completed my mission and was talking to a second cousin on the phone. She filled in details of their branch for me. I filled in some for her. She is going to contact her first cousin to ask for a Y-DNA sample. It’s amazing that my kids have almost every holiday with their second cousins but I had no clue that this cousin existed. I’ve been meaning to trace this line for a while. So many branches and so little time!

Today’s lesson: Success comes when you have a plan and stick to it!



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