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2009-11-12 01:43 pm (UTC)
author_by_night here (can't remember DW account name/password)
Interesting post. I've been back to some countries where I have heritage, but we didn't seek any relatives or anything.
I actually would not mind trying, but my concern is this: what good would come of it? Would these people even be interested? How would they react to a 7th cousin five times removed? I actually tried getting in touch with a second/third(?) cousin once removed, and that... it worked out well in some ways, but it was awkward and we very quickly lost touch. She sent me some family history info and that was the last I heard, even though I sent at least one email. :( And then there's my cousin who was found online by a second cousin with the same name - and my cousin wasn't remotely interested in meeting the girl. That sort of thing makes me hesitant.
OTOH, it would be nice to meet a relative. See who is like me and how, who is different and how. Find out where my greats and great greats lived. You know?
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