A small, family farm in Wisconsin

In October of 2009 I wrote a post lamenting my lack of sisters.  Back then, I had no hope of finding the three older sisters who had been lost to me for most of my life.  I knew that I had sisters somewhere, but missed having sisters. 

Recently, I realized that I’m not getting any younger, and at the top of my bucket list was seeing my sisters again. It had been more than 50 years since we had been together.  Thanks to the internet and some very kind cousins, my dream came true and last night I spent hours on the phone in a 3-way call with my two remaining sisters.  Sadly, Lana, the oldest sister has passed away. The three of us had so much to say, rehashed so many old memories, tried to clear up some long-standing mysteries.  We have lots more to talk about.

The catalyst for my reunion with my family was a query I posted on Gen.forum.  There are forums for hundreds of surnames there, and I found the forum for my grandmother’s maiden name and asked about her.  One of my distant cousins saw my query, and emailed me, telling me that she could get me in touch with my family.  The rest is history.  I’ve reconnected with my very large Hawaiian ohana.  My children and grandchildren now have roots. 

Once I started getting names I began typing them in to the search box on Facebook.  I found so many of my cousins that way.  Facebook was responsible for getting me connected with my niece, who in turn helped me contact her mother, my sister. 

Next on the bucket list is a family reunion in Hawaii.  I want my kids to go and meet their Hawaiian relatives.

For now, I’m so grateful to be getting to know my sisters, Julie and Patricia. 

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Comments on: "Finding Family, Finding Myself" (3)

  1. I thought about you all day yesterday knowing you were having the call. I’m so glad it went well and I hope that reunion will become a reality in the very near future.

  2. Patricia Self said:

    Hey there, tita! This is Pat, one of the two missing, surviving sisters. I’m telling you people, we talked for 3/1/2 hours! We cleared up mysteries (thanks to our varied memories of what happened when), we forged a bond that left me tearful, and in general did what time and circumstances had kept from us: we became sisters once more! And it’s all because Carol went searching … that we found each other.

  3. Hi Carolynne,

    I am in agreement with our Sister Pat, it really was a glorious time that we had together. And with many more to come.

    You both would have loved Lana, I was blessed to get reconnected with her for the last year and a half of her life. Lana has a daughter and son living in California, but when Mel passed, I have lost touch. Hopefully, we will all reconnect soon.

    I am smiling as I write this, I am remembering that you said Pat and I sounded so much alike. Lana and I sound so much alike as well.

    We laughed about it often as we talked on over the phone…sure do miss her!!!!!

    take care…my sweet sister……lol

    J.

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