My New Cousins
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My New Cousins

"You look like a Clark from the nose up." They were the first words that came from my new Clark cousin I was meeting for the first time. Not normally earth shattering words, but for me, it was earth shattering. My Grandpa Clark had never had any relatives at all, excluding his Mother, who married a Clark. We hardly ever saw his Mother at she died in the early 1960's. She had never, to my knowledge, ever mentioned a word of her husband, Henry B Clark. Yet here I was looking at a woman about my age with eyes the same shape and color as mine, my mother, and my daughter.

It is strange when you meet a part of your family you never knew existed and get along right away. Without that awkward pause that sometimes begins a meeting with a stranger. I also met a Burland cousin. Also, someone I had never knew existed. A third cousin. Again, it was as if we started out as friends. Thanks the genealogy we knew a lot about our ancestors. Our first, second, third, and fourth Great Grandparents. But never knew the other was right across the border from each other. It seems not to matter if my cousins speak a different language or come from a different country. With Google Translate and email the problems become surmountable.

Now years later, I am in contact by email or phone, with several cousins who have enriched my life. I know more about myself and where I come from due to them. I know what my great great great aunts and grandparents look like. Thanks to our sharing of photos. I feel exceptionally lucky to have met these people who are part of my DNA, part of my family and part of a bigger thing than I ever expected to find in my quest for family history.

I am lucky now to have the stories that my cousins have shared with me of their family. I am lucky to feel a part of a larger, world-wide family, compliments of the internet. My life is enriched by people I only wish I had known since childhood, but am glad to have found now. I hope they are a part of my family for a long time. I have the honor and luck to share my good fortune in finding new family with my child and grandchildren while I am still alive. As much fun as it has been to research the ancestry of my family, it is richer still to find the "live" ones to get to know now.


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