Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: How Long Ago Was Your Last “Genealogy Happy Dance?”

The months seem to be flying by this year. We are at the end of May and Memorial Day Weekend, which is also the unofficial start of summer for many people. Tucson temperatures have definitely been climbing, although thankfully no highs have yet it 100 degrees.

It’s also time for the latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge with Randy Seaver:

1)  One of the goals of every genealogy researcher is to solve difficult name and relationship problems – and traditionally we do a “genealogy happy dance” when we succeed.

2)  When was the last time you did a “genealogy happy dance” after solving one of your difficult problems?

Recently, I have mentioned several successes with FamilySearch full-text search, so I won’t go through those finds again.

However, my most recent “genealogy happy dance” was connecting with a distant cousin of my husband’s with whom I had lost contact.

In fact, it had been so long since we had been in touch that our correspondence had been via snail mail and the way we reconnected was definitely a surprise. She was a Peavler descendant like my husband. To protect privacy, let’s call her Susan Butler.

On my “to do” list was to search online for any recent contact information for Susan. I set that aside, though, and first looked at some websites for possible new clues.

I had been looking for new documents and clues for my husband’s Peavler family (his 2X great grandmother Matilda Peavler married John Stufflebean.)

I put the Peavler surname into a search of Ancestry’s family trees, which I usually do only as a last resort because so many of the trees have the same undocumented information.

Again to protect privacy, I focused on the tree of, let’s say Jane Allison. She had posted a document, which really were notes and questions she had about Lewis Peavler and other family members.

Although the notes were dated more than a decade ago, it said the last time she had checked in on Ancestry was “today!”

I sent a short email, explaining my interest in the Peavlers and identifying the connection through Matilda (Peavler) Stufflebean. My hopes weren’t terribly high, given the percentage of people who never respond to queries.

However, about an hour later, I had an email from Jane Allison. She opened with “Hi Linda. Although I use the name Jane Allison online, I’m Susan Butler!”

The genealogy happy dance definitely followed because I not only had made contact with Susan, but she and I have been trading lots of new information we’ve each found through the years.

It’s been great fun reconnecting and sharing our finds and theories about this family in the early 1800s and late 1700s. We were ‘younguns” back when we first “met” and not so young now, but we both still have that passion for learning about our ancestors.

Thank you, Randy, for this week’s fun challenge.

One thought on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: How Long Ago Was Your Last “Genealogy Happy Dance?””

  1. Oh, isn’t fun to reconnect with researchers from the past. Congratulations on finding her.

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