I've been intending to send you this email for some time now, but I've always allowed myself to be sidetracked, until now. I've wanted to thank you for your time and efforts on my behalf. I have been a frequent visitor to all your web sites for quite some time, and they have been invaluable in my quest to discover my heritage. Not just in the finding of information about my various family lines, but also in the gaining of insight into their times and circumstances. You have my sincerely appreciation.
This is my prime success story: For several years, I have had a letter, written in 1925, which had been passed on to me by my mother. It was a letter her mother had received from her mother's aunt. Within the letter, a number of persons are mentioned, but my mother didn't know who they were. Back in 1998, I made contact with a 2nd cousin through a query he posted on your Gallatin County site. It appeared as though we had some data match points initially, but were uncertain, until I remembered the letter. Information in the letter matched perfectly with the information he had provided me, which left no doubt about our connection. We have since been able to exchange additional information. Your query page opened a door of knowledge to a branch of my family I had previously known little about, an acquainted me with a family member I wouldn't have otherwise known (I in Michigan, and he in California). I look forward to future successes by way of your continuing endeavors in this area.
P.S. I purchased your Handbook of Old Gallatin County, and have enjoyed it very much.
Do you have a success story. If so, let us know.