The photo warranted a comment on Facebook by a young woman Dawn Michaelis Faber, who questioned me about her potential relationship to this family. My research revealed that the infant Reuben was her grandfather. We began an exciting and fulfilling correspondence about our family connection, sharing stories that my dad has related to me over the years. It's been a blessing to meet ("virtually") Dawn and become more acquainted with a cousin I never knew I had.
I was happy that my posting of a family photo led to finding two of my cousins, whose father was known to my father and whose grandfather Reuben Michaelis was well known to my dad, having been born when my dad was 6 years old. Fortunately my father is alive and has some good memories of growing up with his cousins and aunts and uncles.
Since Dawn lives in the northwest US, I haven't had the opportunity to meet her in person yet, but am looking forward to the wonderful day when we can finally hug, visit, and get to know each other better.
Jacqui lives close enough to have been able to attend the recent RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City last week. When she learned that I was also attending with my husband, we made plans to meet at the conference.
We attended the same classes last Saturday so we could visit and get better acquainted and just spend time together. And learn things we each need to know to better serve in our church callings as Family History Consultants. I was blown away to learn that Jacqui is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (as is her sister Dawn) and serves, as I do, in her ward as a Consultant. This is NOT just coincidence!