We did it! We met them!
Thanks to Familysearch.org I was able to connect with family who live just a few miles from us.
Family I never knew about. They also go to the same church (although a different ward and stake than
us) so NO WONDER they looked so familiar to me!
First, here I am with is my newly found cousin Sterling Ingrim. His great grandmother is the sister of
my great grandfather….which also means we have the same great great grandparents.
and next is …
is their daughter and son-in-law, Monique and Anthony Garcia…with one of their daughters, Sarah,
on the end. These pictures don't do them justice. They are a very cute family.
I could feel such a wonderfully loving spirit in their home as soon as Dennis and I walked through their
front door. We traded stories and family history….they made us feel comfortable right from the
We learned about some common threads of health among their family and ours. Also some interesting
stories if you can follow this very unusual story: Sterling and Sheri were born in the same
hospital in San Jose 2 days apart. Sheri's parents (Bliss and Mary Anderson) owned a beauty salon,
and Sterling's Grandma (Evelyn) had her hair done by Sheri's Dad (Bliss).
(sorry to interrupt, but this would be like my Dad doing Dennis' grandma's hair!)
Okay, back to the story….
When Sterling joined our church in 1970, his Grandma Evelyn told him he should write to Bliss
(Sheri's Dad) because he was Mormon. So then Sterling and Bliss corresponded, and Bliss tried to get
his daughter, Sheri to read the letters but she said she was not interested. (But when no one was around,
Sheri would read Sterling's letters!)
After Sterling got out of the Army, he came to San Jose to visit his Grandma Evelyn. He called Sheri's
mom and told her that since they had been hearing about one another their whole lives, they should
probably meet. Six weeks later Sterling and Sheri were married in the Oakland temple!
Another interesting fact: About 2 years ago Dennis and I put a bid on a home just 1 1/2 blocks from
Monique and Anthony's home. Even though our bid was higher than the asking price, someone asked
even more. So we didn't get that house. Had we moved there we would have known the Garcia family
earlier (we would have both been in Shepherd ward) but we still would not have known we were
related until I had responded to Monique's entries on Familysearch.org
Rozier, was their 2nd child. Sterling's great grandma was their 4th child, Mary Elizabeth Rozier