My great-grandmother, Mary "Minnie" Elizabeth McLaughlin, had siblings, of course. Well I found a cousin. I found "simplygib" on Ancestry plugging away on his McLaughlin Tree. I emailed him and it turns out that he is a descendant of Mary's sister Anna McLaughlin. What came next was unexpected. Not only did he used to live nearby where I am in Sacramento and had recently moved north out of state (small world), he sent me this 34 page document detailing the descendants of Thomas McLaughlin. I don't just mean Mary and Anna's father either. It's back to the mid 1700s Thomas McLaughlin from Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, Ireland. George Capes was the researcher. I poked through "the box" that my mom had brought to me and found a letter that George Capes had written to my grandparents in Napa asking about the family line in 1990. They had apparently corresponded with him at least on one or two occasions. This was just more proof that this is my family tree line.
I have to admit that between my Flanagan and my McLaughlin/Maxwell family tree lines, I have found so much information in the matter of 2 1/2 months. The more I research just a little bit, the more I find up my mom's side. My Flanagan tree has 331 people and my McLaughlin/Maxwell Tree has 558 people. I have those trees separated out because it is so hard to manage them and be accurate with them combined.
Anyway, I am on page 16 of my detailed review of that 34 page document. I have more people to add to my McLaughlin/Maxwell tree from it. I've emailed some individuals plugging away on Ancestry that connect into this line with some interesting responses. I think some people work on their tree here and there. I'm trying to be consistent and open to networking with other relatives. I have to thank "simplygib" and "JPMaxwell" for all of their assistance. I'd love to talk to George Capes. I wonder if he is still around. He's on the document and I think he is my mom's age so he probably is. I have a big thank you for him!