The following email arrived in my inbox:
Dear Fran Fletcher,
My name is Mingus Fletcher and I do believe we are distant relatives. I live in Scotland where my family has lived for centuries. I understand Fletcher is an English name but the family has moved around quite a bit over the course of time.
I've been residing here all my life and recently decided to start researching my family tree. This is how I found you. Seems we are descended from the same great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents. There are probably thousands of us descendants now but I want to connect with as many as I can and perhaps host a family reunion at some point although it would cost considerable funds to do so.
I hope to hear back from you soon and get to know you better.
Your distant cousin,
So what do you think? Should I write him back?