I find it so interesting how we begin to treat others differently after finding out that an individual is actually a cousin. A couple of years ago, our ward had a "cousins party". We had all gone on to relativefinder.org and created a ward family group. Since my ancestral family tended to be small, and mostly out of California, I was really excited when I found that I was related to a large number of my ward family. The realization that we were cousins, even though it may have been back many generations helped me to see them in a different light and a "connection" was made. Wouldn't our world be different if we realized that we all are truly connected and one family?
I remember finding our old family photos from 40 - 60 years ago when we, as kids, were young. Memories flooded back about the times we visited with our cousins, played on the raft in the small lake near my grandparent's country home, or drove to a summer camp in my grandmother's pink Cadillac. My first thoughts were to share these photos with my cousins. My family always seemed to be the one taking the home movies or photographs, so my cousins did not have this wonderful media. I have shared many of these photos with them over the years. My aunt passed away a year ago, and my cousin was expressing feelings of sadness not having her mom around. I shared some beautiful wedding day photos of my aunt with my cousin. Sharing our heritage can help others
Sharing the memories of our families we have through stories, photos, movies and such is a strong way of connecting with others. While trying to find out more information about my great-uncle Parley, I saw that another person had been posting some information about him on Ancestry.com. I contacted her and found out that Parley was her grandfather, that she had never met him, and that she knew very little about him. Her father and he had a "falling out" before she was born and never wanted to talk about him. It just so happened that I have a lot of photos of Parley, and young photos of her father, as well as letters, and other items. She was really grateful when I shared those with her. Connecting is about SHARING and supporting others in our great heavenly family.
Remember this. If you just upload your photos and stories, you will probably be discouraged to discover that no one takes the time to look at them. You must get others to come to the photos and stories, by SHARING a link with them to your family photos & stories. Then all they need to do is to click on that link and they will be taken to that photo or story.