- I am an addicted genealogist.
- I have lived for many years in a rural corner of central California. A very small corner.
- I was born and raised in Hawaii.
While doing some genealogical research on a family that is unknown in our California community today, but which is represented by several graves in one of our two local cemeteries (not the family plot pictured here, but same cemetery)...
then found a family tree posted on the Internet including the family. Exploring, I wandered to the anchor person on the tree ...
and found someone who was born in Hawaii.
Curious, I burrowed a little deeper. Lived in Waialua. Surname Woodd. Daughter Jennie was 7 years old in 1920. Bells ring. Loudly.
My mother lived in Waialua for a year when she was about 8 years old. Her best friend that year was Jennie Woodd. Same Jennie Woodd? Yes!
Jennie's grandfather was linked by marriage to a daughter of the family buried in the California Gold Country.
I have another distant and very loose link to the community in California which I have come to love.
The world get smaller every day.
Give thanks for friends and acquaintances who form the network within which we live and move.
Give thanks for the bonds drawing us together.
Don't forget to pray!