Relatively Speaking is a throwback to another time in the world of genealogy. These are anecdotal stories to inspire those who search for their ancestors. Although, many of these stories are from before the world of computers and certainly the age of the internet, I believe that all of us have benefited from serendipity in our research.
Don??ª?t Give Up Looking For That ??ª?Rare Book??ª?
Early in my genealogical search I heard of a book, printed years before, containing some of our family names. Thinking it would be a simple matter to find one of these treasures I wrote a book company known for ??ª?locating rare books??ª?. In answer they told me this book was now out of print but they would keep my name on file and notify me if one came into their possession. In the meantime I wrote two other book stores; both gave me the same answer as the first.
I then saw an ad in a genealogical magazine telling of a company that reprinted rare books if a copy was available or if the Library of Congress, City of Washington had a copy in their files. I then filed this information for future reference.
Time passed, three years in fact, and I again decided to get in touch with the company that re-printed rare books. They in turn printed this rare treasure for me and I learned much family genealogy as this book contained hundreds of names of our progenitors.
Time passed again, and now it is two years since I had the book copied and five years since my name was put on file at the book store. Behold! A letter arrived from the book store telling me they now had an original of the book and quoted the price.
Book stores keeping names on file should be commended highly for the time and attention given their customers.
The happy ending was, I not only had a copy of the original, but also the original. And a knowledge that if any other rare books were wanted all I had to do was put my name on file with a book store locating ??ª?rare books??ª?.