The Charles Joseph Larkin

Family Memory

How our Families Met

His son Brian had for some years been surfing the Internet seeking anyone who might have known Charles Joseph Larkin. He was hoping to learn something about his father's early days in Ireland. During his search, he left messages on various Irish related bulletin boards and in genealogy forums.

As the year 2001 was winding down toward an end, a young woman in Rhode Island was doing her own research. Tracy Cole was looking for information about her grandfather when she hit upon one of those beacons in cyberspace that Brian Larkin had left. Her grandfather's name was Charles Joseph Larkin.

Following is a message to the family by his son Brian of the events that led up to his discovery by Tracy Larkin Cole of the Rhode Island Francis Larkin family.

This is followed by the flurried exchange of emails took place on one day. Between 8:45 that morning and 7:49 that evening, they went from being total strangers to "niece Tracy" and "uncle Brian!"

It was one exciting day for them  and exhausting -- and a little intimidating too!

Buoys in Cyberspace: The Story of How We Met

Date January 4, 2002
To: Larkin Family
From "Brian J. Larkin" <brianlarkin@yahoo.com>
Subject: How our families found each other
"Hello Family  A number of family members have asked how the Rhode Island Larkins and the rest of us happened upon each other. It is really quite a simple story....more"

Email -- November 1, 2001

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Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 08:45:21 -0800 (PST)
From: Tracy Cole <xjimtrax@yahoo.com>
Subject: Charles Larkin
To: blarkin@greenmail.net
"I am very excited to come across your posting. I have been searching for my grandfather Charles Joseph Larkin for over a year now...more"

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Date Thu, 01 Nov 2001 12:29:30 -0500
To Tracy Cole <xjimtrax@yahoo.com>
From "Brian J. Larkin" <brianlarkin@yahoo.com>
Subject Re Charles Larkin
"It seems your father is my (half) brother, you are my niece (or nephew?), and I and my family begin where your story about Charles Larkin...more"

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Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 15:13:41 -0800 (PST)
From: Tracy Cole <xjimtrax@yahoo.com>
Subject: Charles Larkin
To: brianlarkin@yahoo.com
"I am amazed. Before I tell my father I need to be sure that we are indeed talking about the same Charles...more"

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Date Thu, 01 Nov 2001 18:40:17 -0500
To Tracy Cole <xjimtrax@yahoo.com>
From "Brian J. Larkin" <brianlarkin@yahoo.com>
Subject Re Charles Larkin
"Attached is a picture of your grandfather Charles Joseph Larkin and Cecilia, his first wife...,more"

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Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 16:45:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Tracy Cole <xjimtrax@yahoo.com>
Subject: Uncle Brian!
To: brianlarkin@yahoo.com
"Wow! My Dad is here with me. We are in shock! That picture is my grandparents for sure. I have so much to ask you. I don't ...more"

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Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 19:59:55 -0500
To Tracy Cole <xjimtrax@yahoo.com>
From "Brian J. Larkin" <brianlarkin@yahoo.com>
Subject Re Charles Larkin
"I'm responding at this moment because I can almost feel your enthusiasm and...more"