Facebook’s First Success

I was intending to add another “help wanted” post, about Eric Micklethwaite who died in 2007 in East Anglia, not to be confused with Eric Micklethwaite who died in 2009 in East Anglia. Both came from Barnsley, so they were not easy to distinguish. I worked out their offspring from the available BMD records, and saw that the first Eric had a son, and then I noticed that this son was on Facebook.

Now I am not an active Facebook user – I get very upset with the way it keeps hassling me about status and/or friends. I also wonder what it snoops on to come up with some of the friend suggestions. However I thought I’d try it and I sent a message to Eric’s son – days passed and no response – until yesterday, when he replied with the name of Eric’s father. After a bit of digging, I eventually worked out how it all fits together. Now I can not only add this Eric into the “known” branches, but also, as there are no alternatives, the other Eric can be fitted it. Well done, Facebook!

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