Had to share this wonderful post from the BrotmanBlog!
Do I care about 5th cousins? Absolutely! In my father’s paternal line the only living relatives I know are Emil, my 5th cousin once removed, and his daughter and granddaughter, my 5th cousins twice and thrice removed. I stumbled upon his Hungarian genealogy website accidentally. We began corresponding with help from Google translate and my Hungarian tutor.
Last summer we travelled to Hungary and met him and his wife. Emil and I were delighted to find little things we had in common. We had both studied mathematics and worked in IT. And we both love our cats!
His daughter and I are now friends on Facebook. I can see little sparks of family resemblance in her pictures.
Someday I hope to find closer relatives on that line who might have known my father or his parents in Hungary. But I treasure these few that I know.