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Relatively Speaking: Lesson for Beginners

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.

Lesson for Beginners

While researching my Nash Family in England, I learned that my great-great grandfather, a Captain in the Royal Navy, had a second wife, Mary MacNeal, from Cambeltown, Scotland. I addressed a letter to the Postmaster there asking him if there was still a family by that name and enclosed a letter to them for him to deliver. Within six weeks I received a reply from a Mrs. MacNeal still living in the same house as her ancestors, a hundred and twenty-five years earlier. She informed me that my great-great grandfather was buried, with his wife, on her estate, and that she was sending me his Captain????????s trunk, still stored in her attic. The trunk contained a wealth of material, wills, copies of legacies, Naval papers, etc. A lesson for beginners in genealogy ???????? Seek and ye shall find.

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