Sunday, April 17, 2016

Managing a Growing List of Cousin Connections

Thankfully, genealogy is connecting me with new cousins all the time. Just last week, a distant cousin from the Farkas family got in touch. With so many names from the family tree crowding my memory, I almost didn't remember to connect him with a mutual cousin who had written me months ago (I got her permission first). Once they knew about each other, they had a wonderful discussion about family ties.

This experience made me realize that I need to have all my cousin contacts in one convenient (and completely private) document. So I've set up a personal table of Cousin Connections with three columns, as shown above. I'm listing my cousins in alphabetical order, including the exact relationship along with the name. In the second column, I'm typing as much contact info as I know. The third column is for notes, as the sample shows.

Private means private. When I'm lucky enough to be connected with newfound cousins, I carefully ask permission before handing out any relative's contact info, and I always follow both people's wishes regarding privacy. After all, they're family.

PS: This is my 700th genealogy blog post! So many ancestors, so many cousins, so little time.

8 comments:

Dana Leeds said...

Another great idea!! Thanks for sharing. :)

Nancy said...

This is a wonderful idea Marian. I find myself searching back in my email to remember these contacts. Thanks for sharing.
Nancy Hurley

Marian Burk Wood said...

Nancy, I really appreciate your comment. Thanks!

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Marian, that is a great idea. I have some index cards with notes but they need updating.

Marian Burk Wood said...

Dana, I'm so glad you visited and left me a comment. Happy ancestor hunting!

Marian Burk Wood said...

Colleen, whatever system works for you! After I updated my cousin contact list, I put a copy into my old-fashioned, handwritten address book for handy reference :)

Michelle Ganus Taggart said...

Great suggestion! I really need to do this. I have addresses here and there.

Marian Burk Wood said...

Many thanks for visiting and commenting, Michelle! I just followed your blog...I'd like to follow along on your genealogy adventures.