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United States

June 2, 2010

With the power of the internet, I have been able to get in touch with relatives that I have never met. Our common last name is basically all that connects us. This year, I have taken special interest in finding out more about who my family is and creating a family tree.

These days, especially in the United States, it's easy to go online and go to a website and put in your name, and then right there in front of you is your family tree. Since almost all Americans are from immigrant families, our family trees often span across the globe. I have started to track down my own family tree. Your family tree is chart of who is related to whom. It's fun to know where our family members are. If you go to where ever they are in the world, then you are not alone, especially since you have family there.

I started to contact people with my last nime via a social media website and asked them to start to put their family history down in a email. I asked them to go as as far back as they can go. Personally, I only know of my grandfather and I don't know if he had brothers or sisters. So I stop right there.

Do you think it is a good or bad idea to get in touch with people that have your last name? It's like contacting a stranger, and your name is your only connection. How many family members do you know you are related to? How many people do you know in your family?

I can't wait to share what I find out about my family. Right now, I have contacted 60 people with my last name, and I am interested to see what will come out of it.

As a last bit of information, last year I was able to find out through a latin expert, that my last name, Acelar, means "fast." Acelar is related to the word "accelerate." Both come from the Latin "accelerātus," wich means to go faster. I am very proud to have a great and original last name!

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04:02 AM Jul 26 2010



Hello!!! Yea family tree is a great thing... but i live in Ukraine and its hard to find people via netprogramm But I asked my grandparents and great-grandparent about my relatives and I created such a good family tree... I like to keep in touch with all my relatives ; it's not difficult today tnx to  face book and so on... i think its good to know  your relatives:)

12:46 AM Jun 08 2010

Czech Republic

Hi Dale,

it must be very interesting to find your relatives. My surname is Senohrábková  Smile,it means  to make hay Laughing! And I have allergy for hay so it´s a little bit ironic to have such a name !