18 Jun 2016
Shaking the family grapevine in 1991 caused a whole load of rich fruit to come tumbling down. I had to run to avoid getting splattered on the head.
One particular branch must not have been ripe, as no amount of shaking the tree was getting me the reward.
It was my Grandpa's Great Aunt Mary. Such a straight-forward relationship, but born in 1839, she has great-grandchildren who are already great-great-grandparents. It's my job to keep up with *all* of them, even though they are running three generations deeper than our side. I needed family history dynamite to get me through the barriers.
Her grandson Tom Jones went to Canada and it took plenty of work for me to find that family. A granddaughter married three counties away from Swansea at the age of 40, and left me several surprises to investigate as well. I knew that another granddaughter lived in North Wales, but it wasn't until 2011 that I met up with this family, even seeing some photos.
One of the branches married a Davies and then an Evans. Only today did I get word I had passed through those choppy waters successfully. Of the many gurus I met along the way, one was sure she'd had cousins Dolly and Molly, but I can't find trace of them anywhere!
At this point we have had two big reunions on this side of the family - and that's barely scratched the surface! For sure, Grandpa's Great Aunt Mary and her tricky-to-find brood are truly the gift that keeps on giving!