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.
Several years ago while working at the desk one evening at our family motel business a lady from Texas walked into the lobby. After having tried several other motels she picked our motel as the one she preferred.
Casually, I inquired the purpose of her trip to Springfield. She replied that she had come to do family research. As a long-time genealogy buff who desired to be helpful, I asked what families she was searching. ??ª?Gibbons and ??ª????ª? ??ª?Gibbons!??ª? I interrupted, ??ª?why my great grandmother was married first to a Gibbons who was killed in the Civil War.??ª?
Stunned, we compared notes. I gave her new information about her ancestry. It turned out that we were descendants of twin girls born 1804 in North Carolina, she of Agness and I of Rebecca Wommack.
What strange coincidences sometimes occur in genealogy!