Thank you GenForum!!! I had "stumbled" onto your site one night. I did a search for Hess. Low and behold, the postings I was looking at. As I was searching, I came across a posting for the same area my Hess line is from. I knew this family was very big and I took a chance and e-mailed the person that made the posting. I couldn't believe it, we found our common ancestor with in a few e-mails, exchanged information and now we're searching our family tree together. I was very excited about finding a cousin on the forum, I made a toll call the next day in the middle of the afternoon. You're the greatest GenForum!!!!