One of the great things about this Family Tree thing is being contacted by others who are descended from common ancestors.
Once I published my firstÂ website www.nicholasthorne.info I started to get hits from all over and some of them were â€˜cousinsâ€™ many times removed who were independently researching our forebears.
From my Devon ancestors I exchanged photographs of Captain Henry Thomas Thorne and got to read a typescript of a newspaper article.
From my Scottish ones I have had emails that disputed some of the lines and others that were supportive of the research. But the most fun were the ones that, with a proviso that the further back we went that some error may have crept in, seem to show that we were descended from variousÂ European royals and back toÂ Adam and Eve!
Recently I have had pedigrees and photographs of Castles in the Hay Clan all of which is thrilling for somone who lives modestly in a cottage by the sea!
To anyone who is just thinking about setting out on this journey I would echo what Mark Herber in his book â€˜Ancestral Trailsâ€™ says, donâ€™t be put off by the fact that you think your family may be modest, you just never know what you are going to find.
Mark Herberâ€™s book is available from all good bookshops: http://www.jerseybookshop.co.uk/promotions.htm
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