Why is the ability to research Genealogy online such a PHENOMENAL gift?

Earlier today I received a comment on OGR from A. Spence – a NC Genealogist whose post about having a GHD {Genealogy Haters Degree} struck a familiar cord with me about how frustrating this work, of connecting the ancestral dots, can be at times.

As I was exiting A. Spence’s blog, I realized that one of her Family surnames is DANIELS – my maiden name.

Knowing that genealogy “jewels” can appear at any time, I called my Mom to query her about the origin of my Father’s family roots. Did she know where the family of my Grandfather, William DANIELS was from originally? No. Did she remember my Father’s Mother’s maiden name? COBB. Did she ever know any of my paternal Grandparents? No, not really – just my Father’s Grandmother who she called “Grandma Cobb”.

So I made a comment about this information being long gone with the passing of my very, VERY distant Grandmother, Lovella Cobb DANIELS last year, and hung up the phone.

But Google was calling my name – I entered a query for “William Daniels Lovella Cobb”. That search produced this link as the FIRST result: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/COBB/2003-06/1056461415

This is MY Family folks! Can you believe it?

The people listed as appearing in this COBB Family Bible are my Grandfather, Grandmother, Father, my Brothers & Sisters – who I have never met, Aunts & Uncles – who I never knew existed. Heck it even names 4 {YES 4!} generations of my Paternal Grandmothers!

It appears that “Debbie” had the Bible in 2003 & posted this to RootsWeb in the hope of finding a Family member to give the Bible to. I have an email (or 2) out to Debbie in the hope she still has the family bible in her care.

Nevertheless, even if she no longer has the bible, this post has introduced me to a family I never knew I had.

OMG!!! 1 post can change your life!:-)

Cousin Mechie