Last night when I read about the debut of Mocavo, the world's largest free genealogy search engine, I had to try it out. I entered the name of my great grandfather Lewis C. Flanders and started on a late night journey that extended for 2 hours with a very interesting discovery.
In the diagram above you can see that I'm the 6th cousin, 5 times removed of Jonathan Harriman Holmes. Until last night I was not even acquainted with that name. But when I figured out his connection to me, I became very interested in learning more about him. My Google search revealed his prominence in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mid 1800s, which was of particular interest to me.
I love the thrill and excitement of finding new connections and I enjoy diagramming them so I can visually absorb the relationships.