February 5th, 2011

facebook genealogy

We had company last night which was fun. A. is a bit of a genealogy buff, and he's good at tracking people down who are still alive. He doesn't necessarily get in touch with them, but he had some tips for good strategies that don't cost any money.

And boy, howdy, he had found a couple of great places. Best of all, the find-the-right-bunch-of-people-in-a-house/group approach told me that one of a family with unfortunately common names had the great taste to marry someone with a _very_ unusual surname (I love it when people do this). And she has a picture visible on fb. She is the living image of her mother (well, a little older than when I last saw her mother, but the same hair, same smile -- spooky). Unlike my friend A., I _do_ contact people.

Fingers crossed!

weird coincidences

I had noticed, years ago, that I had two male cousins, within a few years of each other in age (one on each side of my tree). They each got married to Mexican-American women (one born in Mexico and naturalized, the other born in the US). They met these women in California. They had 1 son each, and both sons are named B.

That, I knew. And that was sort of an odd coincidence. Today, I noticed that they both went to Nevada to get married.

A real head-scratcher. It's not like this is particularly odd, but to have sort of book-end cousins on either side of the family is at least interesting. I doubt it would have ever occurred to me, except for the single-son-named-B. factor.