I decided to take a trip south while I had some time and on my way to Alabama I made a stop in Georgia and while I was there I reached out to three of my DNA cousins (discovered via ancestrydna). Garron, DeVan, and Octavia, I was so glad Garron and Octavia agreed to meet with me, DeVan and I actually met two years ago briefly but we stayed in touch. Garron, Octavia and Mia (my DNA cousin who I met in Birmingham) still don’t know our common ancestor(s). Garron and Octavia are on my maternal side while DeVan and Mia are on my paternal side, DeVan’s great grandfather and my great great grandfather were brothers. Mia and I have a couple surname names in common, Moorer and Snow, while Octavia and Garron share Camden, Wilcox County. Of course I would have loved to figured out how I was related to my other three DNA cousins but just meeting them was pretty cool, we bonded over our love for genealogy and getting to know our family. I didn’t have to grow up with them to consider them or call them my cousin.
Garron, DeVan, Octavia and Mia
I tell you I enjoy meeting family, Sunday I got a chance to meet me cousin Gary and his girlfriend Sabrina while they were in New York. Gary is related to me on my grandmother Artensie’s maternal and paternal side. We first connected via ancestryDNA back in February and after a phone called we started connecting the dots of our kinship. As soon as he mentioned Moss Point, MS I asked him if he knew Bobby, Charles and Megie? (my father’s first cousins) and he replied “Yeah I know them, those are my cousins”. It’s a small world.
I had to work in Santa Clara,California for a couple weeks and while I was out west I had the chance to meet some DNA cousin.
Meet my cousin Amber, we’ve been corresponding for about a year and a half via ancestry.com and yesterday (Feb 6th) we finally met. I was super excited to meet her as well as her grandmother. According to AncestryDNA we are 3rd cousins and I figured out we’re related on my father’s maternal side.
This is my cousin Terri, we first started communicating via 23andme.com over a year ago. We tried to meet the last time I was in San Francisco but had no luck. I was really happy we were able to get together on my last night in California. We spent a couple hours trying to figure out our connection, we know the connection come from her mother’s maternal side and my father’s paternal side. We also have similar counties/areas in common such as Minter, Dallas County and Lowndes County, Alabama. As well as a common surname, Moorer, is that our connection? We just might have to take a trip to Alabama to see what we can find.
Last year I met some of the children of Frank and Leanna when I visited Alabama, this year I got a the chance to introduce some of my family to Frank and some more of his family. For almost a whole year I told my Aunt Linda how happy I was to meet Frank and his siblings and how welcoming they had been, so my Aunt Linda begin to look forward to meeting them as well. Frank’s father, Frank Moorer Sr. was first cousins with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox. Frank’s father Thad and Jessie’s father Cornelius were brothers and their parents were Adam and Malinda. For years, Frank Jr. and his family had no idea we even existed and I don’t believe my father nor any of his siblings knew of their existences either. The power of genealogy and ancestry.com we were able to connect with each other. My cousin Gwen and I got the chance to meet Frank’s niece Felecia and her daughters, last year I met Felecia’s mom Inez. I think it’s dope to meet new family members especially one you never knew existed
No matter if you are a professional genealogist or just beginning to discover your roots, I think this family relationship chart recreated by the good folks at Crestleaf.com ( free online family tree builder) is one we should all have. Created by Alice J. Ramsay in 1987, Crestleaf’s colorful version of the family relationship chart makes it easier to see how family relationships work. Be sure to visit Crestleaf.com to download the this handy-dandy family relationship chart as well as checkout all the other neat stuff Crestleaf.com has to offer.
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Couldn’t come to Arizona and not meet my cousins. Through DNA testing I was able to connect with my cousins on my maternal side. We haven’t found our common ancestor yet but we are working on it.
We are family! But how are we actually related? Connecting my DNA relatives to my family tree, this should be interesting.
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This past Thanksgiving I spent it with my mom’s family in Atlanta and Christmas was spent with my dad’s family in Virginia. My dad’s immediate family is significantly smaller than my mom’s, she is one of ten while my dad is one of four. I enjoy being around family, on happier occasions than sad ones. Any who checkout some from Christmas below.
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