DNA turns neighbors into relatives!
While our results have previously have gotten us links to present day relatives, nice ones at that, the links have only gotten us as close to 4th- 6th cousins. Which is great but isn't the easiest place to trace our lineage due to the lack of records of people of color before 1870.
However, our latest link has led to a second/third cousin. Which if you know one of your parent's cousins or your cousin's children (its around the same thing). This discovery is especially exciting because we could most probably narrow our link down but he also had a tree with the surnames that gave us a better idea of how we were related.
The list gave us 2 names and one of them led to finding my mother in laws grandfather and his siblings. This is exciting news because my mother in law never got to meet her grandfather. At one point she was able to meet her grandfather's daughters who were a set of twins that moved out west quite a few years ago. She and our aunt speak of them fondly and talked about one day hoping to connect with them again.
While we haven't quite tracked down those aunts we are well on our way with the discovery of these new relatives, who by the way live in our town!!!