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"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils."
- Woodrow Wilson

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Facebook: helping me discover people I should have already have known about

A few months ago I received a friend request of Facebook from a woman who had the same last name of me, but whom I did not know. At first I just ignored the request. Since my last name is not all that common, I pretty much know all my relatives with the surname. Plus the lady was from Germany. I figured she just might have been bored, searched her last name and then sent friend requests to strangers with the same name.

Then a few days later, out of the blue, I thought to myself "wait a minute, one of my Great Uncles used to live in Germany and he had a son that was German". So I went on Facebook and sure enough I discovered I was related to this woman. She is my Great Uncle's daughter. I never knew she existed. I was pretty excited.

We became friends on Facebook and started messaging each other back and forth somewhat regularly. The next time I was over at my parents, I told my family about my recent Facebook discovery. I broke the news about our long lost relative by excitedly saying "I found out that Uncle Bud has a daughter!" To which the reply was "yeah.... we know."

Turns out I was the only one who didn't know this. Wonder what other interesting information about my family only I don't know yet? I'm going to sign off to go search my last name on Facebook.......

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