My Cousin's Mother's Best Friend
by Diane Friis
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
and I live
in El Cerrito, California.
My father was from New York
State, and passed away before I
became interested in genealogy.
While I had a lot of info
about my grandfather's family, I knew little about my grand-
mother's side. I didn't know it, but her maiden name was
misspelled on my father's birth certificate, so I kept
hitting a dead end in my research.
I wrote often to a
cousin (grandfather's side) in Florida, and mentioned I
couldn't find the other side. My cousin sent a letter to
me telling that she mentioned genealogy to her mother's best
friend from New York who was visiting for the winter.
asked if she was related to the family, and was told she
wasn't directly, but had a cousin in common (My father's
younger brother who had stayed in New York). She didn't even
know of my father since he was much older and had left be-
fore she was born.
At any rate, she is my second cousin. We
got in touch and have not only shared family information,
but have become good friends.
Submitted: Sat Apr 17 13:45:27 1999
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