Ah, the joys of an unexpected find when exploring the far branches of the family tree. The first occurrence was several years ago when, via a Google search, I discovered the name of my great-great-grandfather Heye Groeneveld (1821-1901) on the Groeneveld Genealogy website. There were more ancestors listed than I thought could ever be found.
A huge “thank you” to Hinrich and Dirk Groeneveld for developing and maintaining this site. (http://www.groeneveld-family.com)
Fast forward to the past week when I “Googled” some names in my Liechtenstein ancestry and discovered the Balzers, Liechtenstein, St. Nicholai “gold mine” at the Community Trees at familysearch.org. Many of my ancestors lived in Balzers over a period of several hundred years … and there were their names in this great database! What a find this was, so richly documented. (http://histfam.familysearch.org/)
My habit of entering the names of ancestors in Google has resulted in hitting a genealogy gold mine–not once, but at least twice. This is a habit worth cultivating!
Time for the genealogy happy dance!