My personal family tree sprouted a new branch.
I became a great-uncle.
My nephew Tyler and his wife Nicole were blessed with a little guy who – at his birth – made grandparents of my brother Brad and his wife Shanna.
The baby – not yet named – may meet his great-great-grandmother Shirley in a few weeks as the family passes through Utah. Nearing 90 years of age, and with her health failing she may not have that much time to connect with family.
I am fortunate to have very clear memories of one great-grandparent who lived until I was 25 or so. The new baby’s great-grandparents – my parents – are healthy. Still under the age of 70 my parents will certainly be a big part of this little boy’s childhood, teenage life and later years.
What a great photo it will make to have one of the baby with his great-great-grandmother! I’m looking forward to that and hope that, in several decades – when the baby is a man, he will appreciate that first meeting with her. Not very many of us have enjoyed that experience which connects the past with the future of a family.
We genealogists often dream of meeting the people we now research, although we’ll have to wait until the time machine is invented to achieve that goal.
Do you find yourself researching your ancestors and hoping to someday talk to the people you now include in your family tree? What questions would you ask them?
I’m also wondering how many readers have met a great-great-grandparent or great-grandparent. Who was the oldest relative you have known? Let us know in the comments below.
UPDATE – Baby Name – Cayden Bradley