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.
Editor Ralph McGill in his left hand, first page editorial in The Atlanta Constitution of 24 April 1968 includes a short story that should bring a knowing grin to the face of most any ??????hardened?????? genealogist; excerpt from the editorial follows:
This story is about a lady who attained financial and social status and who was determined on having a well known author do a book on her genealogy. The author began research. He soon came to tell her he had discovered that one of her grandfathers had been electrocuted at New York????????s Sing Sing Prison. He said it would have to go into the book. She pleaded for words that would hide the truth. The author came up with this:
??????One of her grandfathers occupied the chair of applied electricity at one of America????????s best known institutions. He was very much attached to his position and literally died in the harness.??????
This satisfied her and the book was done.