One reason I created this blog was that I hoped it would help reconnect me with my mother’s relatives in Indiana. I think the last contact my mother’s family had with their Indiana relatives was in the 1950s, at least 50 years ago. In the 1970s my father refused to take my mother and me to visit her relatives in Indiana. Since he could afford the trip, I thought it was very selfish of him. I’ve always wanted to help my mother reconnect with her family there since I first began using genealogy messages boards on the Internet in 1995.
I may have accomplished that. This past week I had a message left by a cousin with the Vandivier last name. I called him the next night and we had a very enjoyable conversation. He very kindly offered to share the information he had on the family’s ancestors. Of course he wouldn”t know that I’d been researching the family since 1994 and amassed quite a lot of information myself. He said his father should know who some of the people in the photos were. That makes me very happy. However, what I miss is knowing about my grandmother’s immediate family, the events that occurred and the stories told. The only thing I know so far that there were bluegrass musicians in the family. I hope more knowledge will be coming.