Sunday, 5 February 2012

Storytelling Sunday

I didn't have a story for today until this morning.  And it's a story that has made me squeal with delight!  As regular readers know, I am keenly interested in genealogy and the history of my family.  My tree is viewable on the Ancestry website.
To cut a years old story very short, I am finally, at long last, in touch with the granddaughter of my Great Uncle.  He went to live in the US in the 1940s and after he and his wife died in 1977 we lost touch with his son.
Yesterday I noticed that someone was looking at the American line of my tree with interest, so I dropped them an email and then waited very impatiently for a reply. Hoping that I would indeed receive a reply.  I was in luck, because there she was, waiting in my InBox at 7am this morning.  I managed to curb my patience until 8am before ringing my mum.  There was much more squealing, which caused The Boy Child to observe that, "Mummy is very excited!"
Now, I need to take the space to think through my reply to her.  I don't want to overwhelm her with information or scare her off.  There's that saying, good things come to those who wait.  And as I have waited years for this moment, a few more hours won't hurt.

This story is part of Sian's Storytelling Sunday series.

36 comments:

Amy said...

YAY! A big smile and clapping of hands for you! This is exciting news Ruth - keep us posted as to where things end up and thanks for sharing it with us today.

alexa said...

Oh wow, I can feel the fizzing and popping from here! You never know where this will lead ... Keep us posted!

Jane said...

you must be so excited, it will hopefully lead on to so much more.

♥♥ Liz ♥♥ said...

Stop jumping up and down you're making me dizzy!! Let me know what you reply. Who knows what will happen ♥

Karen said...

Fantastic news for you Ruth. Hope it pans out how you would like it to.

furrypig said...

I can feel the excitement! Wishing you all the best with your 'new' family .... do keep us updated xxx

Rhona said...

How exciting!!! Looking forward to hearing what comes of this connection.
I've been trying to do some research on my husband's father's side of the family but haven't had much luck so far - I will keep trying.
xx

Chipper said...

I love it when that happens! Ancestry.com is an amazing place. So excited for you :-)

Kirsty.a said...

Oh how exciting. I love that bit of genealogy!!

Alison said...

How exciting...do keep us informed of how the story continues!
Alison xx

Peachy Stream said...

Fab news! I love family trees!!

heart.hearth.home. said...

How thrilling for you. Searching for one's ancestors is a delightful chase and you never know where it may lead you to. Hope this has a happy outcome for you.

Lynn said...

Great news for you. I love that photo too.

Jimjams said...

LOL - my hair is standing on end from the virtual vibe of excitement - love it when things come good!

Miriam said...

This is exciting news indeed. I do a little genealogy too, I know the thrill of seeing that e-mail! good luck.

debs14 said...

How exciting! I love stories like this, please do let us know what happens next.

K said...

Oh how FABULOUS!!!!
I keep meaning to do my own family tree, but with there being only my Mom left to ask, and her information is quite limited it seems rather a daunting/hard task to start

Sian said...

Oh, wow! How exciting is that? I suspect that this is the story that will keep on giving :) and it's a privilege to be able to share your pleasure in your discovery today.

Thanks Ruth! That's a beautifully elegant photo you have there too

Mum said...

I didn't mind you phoning at 8am - news to squeal for! After all this time .........
I would have so many questions to ask about Uncle D because as a child I thought he was adventurous and longed to meet him!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh that's awesome, Ruth! No wonder you are happy!!! :o)

Louise said...

Oh wow - you must be feeling really lucky today. Lovely news.

Ladkyis said...

oh my goodness! That's wonderful! I remember back in 1999 receiving an email from someone who said. I see you are descended from sarah Green. I have lots of information about her and her ancestors, would you like me to send you the file?"
I did the happy dance down the hall and told everyone!
just fantastic

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That is great! I too found a distant cousin through Ancestry. We share a great grandfather. My granddad & his brother stopped talking in 1952 when the brother moved to Michigan. He came to my grandfather's funeral in 1988, mentioned he had a son while there. But that was the last contact anyone had with him. The son's daughter found me 3 years ago through Ancestry

Melissa said...

How exciting to find another member of your extended family!

Helen said...

Love that this story is unfurling - very exciting for you :)

Becky said...

How exciting! Thanks for sharing this news - and I love the photo too :)

Jo said...

What great news, no wonder you were so excited :)

Gail said...

What super news Ruth! Thanks for reminding me about putting our trees on the Ancestry site.

Scattychick said...

That's great news and a lovely photo x

Ifa said...

oh wow, how exciting. I am looking forward to hearing how you two will get on.

Carrie Rosalind said...

That is so awesome! I have been thinking about signing up for that site, and now that I've heard this good review I might have to look into it further. So exciting! And such a great picture! :)

Gem's Crafts said...

Oooh how exciting to have found your long lost relative at last! I did my family tree a few years back and remember how fab it is just to find a little piece of the puzzle :)

Missus Wookie said...

Oh how exciting! She will be amazed when she realizes how much you've done.

Cheri said...

how cool for both of you!

Beverly said...

Very exciting, hope you have learned more by now. The Chosen One is very into geneology and has been on Ancestry for a few years, it is a wonderful tool :)

jennifer said...

Oh, how brilliant, I hope the contact is going well! x