Sunday, 27 April 2014

Over the past couple of weeks, I have given particular time thinking of messages that in itself are seemingly insignificant,  that can have a huge impact on your life. These thoughts were sparked by a message I received through ancestry.com.

But firstly lets just take this back a moment, back 11ish years ago.

I was sat in an yahoo chatroom chatting to some friends just having a laugh, as a fair proportion of them I also knew offline.  Well this one day I noticed one of the guys in there I had got to know only online as he lived the other side of the world, didn't seem himself.  So me being me, I decided to send him a message, I hadn't spoken to him really before privately and just sent him one word "smile" just from that simple message, one thing led to another.  I am now sat on the sofa next to him, over the other side of the world from where I was when I sent that message, having been married 10 years to him so far and have a son with him.

Now back to the message received a couple weeks ago. After my son was born I wanted to trace back as much family as I could for when he got older. My dad died when I was a child and didn't really get a chance to know that side of my family.  I was lucky to have a couple of  meetings with my dad's sister and her family but had lost contact when I was a teenager due to circumstances in my life.  I did try amd locate her a number of years later but due to the popularity of her surname it proved fruitless

I used the free trial on ancestry.com to do some tracing, however due to finances I had to cancel it after a month or so because needed a worldwide membership . In the time though I had got a significant tree mapped.

Fast foward a couple of years and I hadn't done much to the tree on the site but got a message from a lady's friend who had stumbled on my family tree link and sent a message. I emailed her to find out she was my dad's cousin, she didn't know of me and I of her. She was able to send me some pictures of my dad and best of all over easter she got intouched with my Aunt and then sent me her email so after so many years we have now reconnected.

I realised sometimes I have put off sending that message or enquiring on something and maybe now I should, you never know where it will lead.

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