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.
A few years ago, noting an intriguing advertisement in the Exchange Edition of The Genealogical Helper, I immediately wrote to the submitter. Since it appeared we were working on the same family line, arrangements were made to meet and exchange on-the-spot information.
Arriving soon after at our new-found friend??ª?s home in Lancaster, Ohio we spent a delightful afternoon comparing notes. Respective lineages, of course, were discussed. The mention of my mother??ª?s name triggered something, and he hurriedly left the room, returning with a tattered old book. Opening it to the middle, he withdrew a faded postcard, and asked, ??ª?Does this handwriting look familiar???ª? Momentarily stunned, I stared at my mother??ª?s signature, penned some thirty years previously to a former sweetheart!!
??ª?Wherever did you get this???ª? I asked. At that he explained how, being a lover of historical memorabilia he??ª?d attended an auction, in connection with a house razing, and along with other items acquired this book, which had been found beneath the rafters of the old homestead!
The beautiful writing had so intrigued him that he often wondered what had become of those two people. And now here was her daughter sitting before him! What made it even more fantastic was the fact that both my mother and her old beau had resided all their lives in a town some fifty miles distant! And, furthermore, it wasn’t even her branch of the family I had contacted him about. The world keeps getting smaller, doesn’t it?