Cousin Bait — Family Finds

William and James McCash about 1865

I enjoy being contacted by previously unknown cousins, close or distant, to compare notes on our shared ancestors. Whether the information leads to tearing down a genealogical brick-wall, or simply to sharing old family photos. In fact, I have posted old family photos online with surname tags in order to attract cousins. Among genealogists this is known as “Cousin Bait.” I suppose, in many ways, this genealogical blog is a form of cousin bait. I have lured in a few cousins from my posts. On the flip side, I too have responded to bait and made contact with others who have posted photos or stories of our shared ancestors.

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