I had the same experience with some family from Spain who sent me a photo of their great-grandfather sitting beside mine (his brother). We've now met and they gave us a tour of the mill where the brothers worked, etc. It's very cool to have family in another country that you didn't even know about.
That's awesome, Phil. I'm glad to hear you've been able to connect with your family like that. The older I get, the more I realize the importance of it.