A road trip back home can be full of warm fuzzies or turn into a hot mess. These readers’ touching stories show you can go home again, at least to your ancestral home. Each contributor will receive our Family Tree Pocket Reference —which also fits perfectly inside a glove compartment.
Family Tree Fling
In 2001, Mom, my sister and I traveled to the small village in Northern Ireland where my great-grandparents raised 13 children. As we drove down the dirt road to their abandoned farm, we met Austin, who lived on the farm next to our family. Mom told him the family story, ending with: “And we have no relatives left in Ireland.” To which he replied, “Yes, you do. I’m your cousin!” It seems Great-uncle Willy had a fling with Austin’s grandmother and she bore Willy’s out-of-wedlock son, Austin’s father. We now correspond regularly with our surprise cousin via email.
We knocked and a little old man came out. We introduced ourselves, and he started crying. He went inside and took out the letter I’d written to his family two years ago. Sadly, I’ve since learned that my cousin has passed away.