I'm writing this post to show the process I used to find a new Flanders cousin this week.
My mother's father was Milo Flanders. A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about one of his nieces, Flake Flanders, the daughter of Milo's brother Merritt.
I started wondering about some of my other Flanders granduncles this week. This is my Flanders great-grandparents' immediate family.
As I think I've written before, I didn't grow up in a household with my mother (daughter of Milo and Nannie Becker Flanders). My parents were divorced when I was two years old and my dad had custody of my twin brother and me. We visited our mom once a month for an overnight visit at the home of our Flanders grandparents in Stafford, Kansas, until we were 12 years old. We played with cousins in the neighborhood and ate Grandma's delicious fried chicken and homemade peach cobbler at their big kitchen table, but I was shy and felt like a visitor instead of a family member, so I seldom spoke to my grandparents. I just sat at the table and listened.
This past week, in an effort to locate another Flanders cousin and learn more about my granduncles, I looked at the descendant list of my Grandpa Flanders' oldest brother Clarence.
I now know that my mother's first cousin Lucille was diligent in writing notes about the family. I'm always happy to see that other cousins are interested in our family's history. Yesterday Doreen sent me a few pages of her notes. I'm not posting them, as they contain private information, but I'm blessed to have them.
Now I also have an answer to a question I've had since I started researching my Flanders family: why was Flake so named? Lucille writes that she was named so because she was born as the first flakes of winter snow fell. Her birth date was 26 Oct 1905. I'm amused to see that she had the nickname of "Tuck" and where that name originated too. Such treasures in these little tidbits. Thank you, Doreen!
The fun doesn't stop here.