Sunday morning arrived and so did I! A warm friendly greeting from my newly found second cousin with a cup of coffee and a wonderful visit followed. My expressed interest in seeing family pictures was exceeded as he had pulled out of his photo collect numerous items. We proceed to spend the better part of two hours over the pictures and who was in them with me furiously making brief notes on the backs hoping that I would get it correct. Then all the pictures were offered for the taking. I did!!
Some genealogy facts were discussed. For example I could not find the vital record at the Cook County Clerk’s website:
for his parents wedding. I had found many other family related documents but not that one. He showed me the Catholic Church document (framed) so I could capture the date. Nor have I been able to find his grandparents marriage date. I would not if the Catholic ceremony was considered sufficient and a civil record was not made.
I thought we had a great candid conversation about family which will not be a part of this blog!
I think in two hours it is possible to get a read on another person. With guests due to arrive shortly I got the sense it was time to pack it up. Although I had mentioned in writing and verbally my desire to have a DNA test done to tie up my paper trail, my sense was it was not the correct time to “spring” the kit on him. Rather, when I arrived home I wrote a big thank you letter and included the Family Tree Y-DNA kits.
In the meantime we have been exchanging emails with respect to the pictures and his acting career.