Today is day 8 of the Blogtember Challenge on Story of My Life! Today's prompt ask that you, discuss ways that blogging or social media has changed you.
Blogging has created a whole new community for me through friendships I never knew would exist. even ones straight across the world. I've also built some great relationships through sponsors! However, one of the most interesting things that has happened is through Social Media. Facebook has helped put me in touch with some very, very young childhood friends. Friends I always wondered what happened to them since I had moved so much. You can recap on day #1 where i'm from. When we were kids, we didn't use computers, snail mail and long distance phone calls was our way to keep in touch. Of course after time we moved on and made new friends, we were just kids... Finding these old friends was really exciting, but even more exciting was to learn more about my family history. I've always been interested in my ancestry. I had been working in ancestry.com for awhile and thought that I'd research how many people I could find on Facebook with my maiden name. At the time I found about 35 people. I scrolled through the list to see where they were from and one of the girls was from Spearfish, South Dakota. Well that's familiar... Out of 7 of the children, only one of my great, great, great Uncle's was buried there. The others were buried in Wisconsin. I went back on ancestry.com to verify his name and quickly sent her a message on Facebook asking if we may be related. Our family line matched! We were related and are in fact 4th cousins. She put me in touch with her Aunt (my Dad's 3rd cousin, my 3rd cousin once removed) and told me what she new of my great, great, great Grandfather. This Grandfather came to the United States in the mid-1800's from Poland/Prussia. This is the last generation we can trace back, even through a genealogist with all of the information we have. The story my Dad's 3rd cousin told me was very similar to what we knew... So there was no surprise there, but she was very willing to make copies of some of the old photographs she had. so cool!
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