Saturday, November 1, 2008

Good things come to those who search and search and search...

I cannot believe my luck this week! As I mentioned in my post a week ago, I finally discovered the names of my ggg grandparents Galief Sommer and Elizabeth Rusch Sommer. Thanks to my blog and message boards (you always need to post a query on a message board!) a new friend contacted me regarding Elizabeth Rusch Sommer. Elizabeth is her gg grandmother! WHAT A DISCOVERY! After we corresponded a couple of times she verified most of the information I have collected regarding my Sommer relatives. She has been searching for Sommer relatives for 20+ years. She even sent me a picture of Elizabeth Rusch first picture of a ggg grandparent...I feel like I've won the genealogy lottery!
It seems that although on Julia Sommer's death certificate her father's name is listed as Galief, it is actually Johann Gottlieb Sommer. My "newly found cousin" actually gave me Johann's parents names too. All this information in one's almost too good to be true! This was meant to be!
The best part of all--my "newly found cousin" lives less than fifteen miles from me...that's what I mean about good things happen to those who search and search and search.
We are setting up a day to meet, greet, and share....and best of all CONNECT!

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The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!