Kissin’ Cousins

June 2001
A surprise kinship has been discovered. In May, my husband Rick took me to his grandparents’ gravesite. William Palmer and Iris Luella Bradley Palmer died in the 1940’s. Once I had her birth and death dates, I found Iris Bradley’s heritage at There was enough information to trace her lineage back to the Cohoes and Ostranders in the 1600’s.

At a party last week I was discussing genealogy (what else?), and we discovered that my brother’s wife, Karen Ostrander Billings, is 5th cousins with my husband Rick. Small world, isn’t it?

I have posted the descendants of Peter Van Ostrander (a work in progress).

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