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Thursday Tidbits: A Jaw-dropping Day


Surprised woman

It’s been three weeks since I posted a Thursday Tidbit, but boy howdy, do I have a good one for y’all today. Yesterday was one crazy, happy day. I learned I have a niece! A niece I never knew existed. I found out about her from a cousin who connected with my niece’s husband on a genealogy research site. She found a message he posted — thirteen years ago! How’s that for astounding?

Let me back up, way back to the late 1930s when my father and his first wife split up. They lived on the west coast and had two very young children. The oldest child was a girl, the younger one a boy. For a while after the break-up, the children were apparently in some sort of foster care, then their mother took the girl with her to Alaska, where she was from. My dad took the infant boy to Texas and left him with his brother, my uncle. You see, Daddy was a traveling salesman who had no way of caring for a young child.

Eventually, my aunt and uncle adopted my half-brother, my father married my mother, they had me and we moved to Minnesota to be near Mama’s family. The years passed without any word of my half-sister. My dad tried once to locate her but had no luck, and my half-brother blamed him for letting his sister go. Now, both men are gone, never to know what became of that lost little girl.

Then, out of the blue I receive an email from a cousin who has been digging into our family genealogy for something like fifty years. And she drops this huge announcement in my lap: she has found my half-sister’s daughter! I am still in shock. Coincidentally, my niece and her husband have children and grandchildren living in the Fort Worth area, where I and my gang also live. I look forward to the day when we will all meet for a huge family reunion.

Just goes to show you never can tell when the universe will throw you a curve, a joyous one in my case.



Lyn Horner resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and a pair of very spoiled cats. Trained in the visual arts, Lyn worked as a fashion illustrator and art instructor before she took up writing. This hobby grew into a love of research and the crafting of passionate love stories based on that research. This blog is designed to spotlight Lyn's books and share the work of other creative people.

18 comments on “Thursday Tidbits: A Jaw-dropping Day

  1. Fabulous find, Lyn. You will have to let us know when you meet up with them.


  2. Way cool! I’m starting a genealogy search too…wonder if there will be any surprises! God bless you and her.


  3. Boy oh boy, you never know what turns your path will take. Maybe that’s what makes life so exciting.


  4. Awesomeness, for sure. Congratulations!


    • texasdruids

      Thank you, Carra. If we search long enough and dig deep enough, we are all connected.


  5. so cool! That’s awesome


  6. Jackie Weger

    Wow! When you post a thursday tidbit–you go for the Big Bang! Happy for you. Family is everything.
    Jackie Weger


    • texasdruids

      HI Jackie. Not all tidbits are this spectacular. A good thing too, or I’d be stumbling around in a daze all the time. I do enough of that as it is!


  7. Lyn, congratulations. I’ve had similar discoveries in my genealogical hunt. Found and met two super nice cousins who are descended from a man we were told had no children. The man froze to death in a snowstorm when he had car trouble. Everyone assumed he was too young to have married. Nope, he was married and had children. Sometimes family stories are helpful, other times they are misleading.


    • texasdruids

      Thank you, Caroline. You are so right. There are stories circulating in my dad’s family about ancestors that no one can prove. I’d love to take a month or two and go did through musty courthouse records and newspaper clippings. It would be fun!


  8. texasdruids

    What?! And you didn’t let me know so we could meet? An opportunity missed. I’m sad. 😦

    Yes, it’s very cool


  9. You just never know when or what you will find while doing genealogy research. What a great and happy story.


  10. How cool is that? Wow. Incidentally, I was in Fort Worth yesterday. 🙂




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