Individuals and organizations connected to the MyCousins Tree and eBook projects. Each connection has expressed interest by subscribing or contributing to the project. We are grateful for their early support and share their stories to show gratitude and inspire others.


MyCousins is the story of John and Beth’s journey creating the Elcik Family Tree. It is told sequentially through email, Facebook, and LinkedIn communications; so you can follow in our footsteps.



Stories & More

MyCousins is committed to helping our cousins share family history. We do this regardless of format: books,  DNAobituaryphotospoetry, or stories. All are welcome.


Photo Galleries

Our photo album showcases galleries & shares historical family photos online!  We also encourage families to visit, Facebook,, MyHeritage, and Pinterest for their collections.  Also, please contribute to their photo collections or ours.

Photo Contests

Visual storytelling is the heart of our Photo Contests. Will content offering bragging rights attract entries? We will find out. Please send your photo submissions to Submit them in one of our categories or create your own.

We have it on good authority that all contestants over the age of 18 will receive the answer to the original chicken or egg controversy. You know the one. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Believe it or not, there is a genealogy response. And we will share it if you pay the price. Enter, and enter often.


Genealogy Forum

Users must subscribe separately to the forum. Registration with family Projects (with its protected content) is not a requirement to join in the conversation.

There are no professional genealogists here. If you…

  • desire to know more about your family’s history
  • have hope of uncovering a famous relative
  • share a sense of responsibility to future generations

… you are in the right place.

This is also the right place to learn about the technologies. Two have generated an explosion of interest in charting family histories.  First, the digitization and availability of documents online. And second, the ready availability of genetic testing to determine the geographic origins of one’s family.  Join us in conversation. Learn and enjoy!

Forum topics include:

  • DNA
  • genealogy vs. family history
  • nominations for ancestry profiles
  • record sources for genealogy research
  • discussions about genealogy technology
  • website feedback

Or submit your own.


The MyCousins website intentionally uses a minimalist design. This helps focus attention on the story’s text and photos. The font for the text is called Merriweather.  Both text and photos are slightly larger than used on commercial websites.  A companion flash drive exists with printable copies of documents, sources, and photos.