The 65th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is “The Happy Dance. The Joy of Genealogy” and will be hosted by Becky Wiseman (one of my distant cousins!) of Kinexxions.
I’ve had several “Oh, Yeah!” moments. One of them I wrote about in A Goldmine – about discovering a box of letters written by my grandparents to each other when they were courting in 1916 and during 1918 when my grandfather went to Signal Corps Training and during his overseas duty during WWI.
Another moment I had was when I was looking for my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Emanuel Bushong Stern. As I was going through the 1850 Census looking for him in order to get information on his parents and siblings, I wasn’t having any luck. Obviously, they had disappeared during the Census. And then just by chance, I came across Peter Sterne living in Clay Township, Hamilton County, Indiana. The last name was spelled wrong – with an “e” at the end of the surname but the names for known siblings was correct. I think I jumped out of the computer chair at this find!
Another “happy dance” moment came a couple years after I had posted a query on a message board giving names of my paternal g-grandfather’s half-siblings and their children. I received an email from the daughter of one of his nieces. She had quite a bit of information about the Johnson line including the first wife of the man I was researching (James Wilson Johnson) who was my 2nd great-grandmother. And my cousin was actually descended from James’ 2nd wife. Since that time several years ago we have exchanged (with a couple other Johnson cousins) more information.
It doesn’t take much for me to do the Happy Dance! Each tiny rock I turn over or piece of information I find that leads to bigger and better finds, is reason for me to stand up and shout “Oh Yeah!”.