One of the obvious by-products of genealogical research is the discovery of new relations. The Gorse Fox uses Family Tree Maker as his desktop tool for research and recording, and has this linked to ancestry.com
A feature of ancestry.com is that when you are working on the details of a particular person it can flag u "hints". In the background it notices who you are looking at and searches for any relevant information. Today the Gorse Fox was looking at a record for his grandfather. A hint was flagged so the Gorse Fox looked to see what it was. It was a photo. Someone had submitted a photo of him, someone that the Gorse Fox didn't recognise from his research. A few minutes later, he sent a message asking for some background.
It didn't take long to get a response. It turns out that this chap from Camberley is the Gorse Fox's 5th cousin. That is our family trees converge at our 5th great grandfather. It's a shame we didn't know this years ago when we lived just down the road from Camberley at Hook.
On this very subject, a second cousin of the Silver Vixen has made contact and still lives in Exeter where the Silver Vixen's family lived at the end of the 1800s and first half of the 1900s.
This is all quite exciting really. The Gorse Fox is eager to see if anything develops from the DNA testing he has submitted.