I just figured that having more than one test subject might be a good thing. I also feel like Bill’s idea of using a Facebook Group to try to reach new cousins is an excellent idea!
I have a somewhat similar situation to Bill. When my grandmother, Winnie Ida (Stevenson) Forbes died in 1940, pretty much all of the associations with the Stevenson family seemed to have died with it. My mother was just getting ready to turn 6 when her mother died. Winnie’s father had already died in 1928 and her mother would pass in 1946. Most of the Stevenson aunts and uncles were in Arkansas, Florida, Idaho and California.
Fortunately for me, the eldest of my mother’s siblings, my Aunt Juanita, stayed in touch with a few of the Stevensons and shared a little bit of info with me. However, I’ve only met one of my Stevenson relatives that I can remember.
It seems fitting that I should start a group on Facebook dedicated to trying to reconnect with some of my Stevenson relatives. I’m in the midst of sharing my Stevenson research with everyone on my blog and I believe it just might be a good thing to try this and see if it might help me along.
Hey, it shouldn’t hurt!
So, I will keep you all updated here as to how things are going in my group. I made it a public group as I figured that would be the best way to get people to notice it. They may not be as willing to look if they have to actually “Join” the group! It’s called “Descendants of Emmit Johnson Stevenson and Gennett (Nettie) Eudora Freeman” and is located here.
I have a little bit of a headstart on Bill as I do have a couple of Stevenson cousins that I hooked up with a few years back but I don’t know if they have a Facebook page. Regretfully, it seems most of my family doesn’t have the “Internet Bug”!
Have a great day everyone!