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.
Once In A Life Time Occasion
My husband and I have recently become interested visiting antique flea markets and shows and in May had traveled to Brimfield, Massachusetts, where a large antique show was held. We admired a few old large oak picture frames and decided to purchase several of them, among which was a smaller frame with lovely inlaid ebony and mother-of-pearl. We paid little or no attention to the pictures themselves, indeed several had no picture at all ??ª?? just the frame, but the smaller picture frame did have a faded picture of a young woman ??ª?? attractive but I really had not noticed anything by the lovely frame. These we took home with us.
My mother lives alone in a small resort town in Ocean City, New Jersey. During the winter months the cold damp weather is not conducive to 85 year old bones and lungs so she has been visiting us over the winter season for a few years. We had not as yet made use of these picture frames and other items from our various antique jaunts. They were stacked in a spare room where I do my sewing.
Last January she came in to talk with me while I was seated at the sewing machine and began to look through the piles of ??ª?junk??ª? as she refers to other people??ª?s cast-offs and spied this small frame and picture of a young woman. ??ª?Where did you get that picture of your grandmother???ª? and I proceeded to explain the circumstances of how we acquired the picture. Well, an argument began and she was so positive that it was her mother that I carefully pried open the frame and slipped out the picture held within, turned it over and read from the back: ??ª?Compliments ??ª?? Lillian T. Fulton, New Orleans, Louisiana 1875.??ª?