Relatively Speaking: Thru The Mails

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.

Thru The Mails

Nearly three years ago I was busy compiling my family lineage ???????? a rank amateur, but I found easy going as I am French Canadian and had Tanguay giving me a hand. In no time I had almost all lines back to 1620-1650.

I Xeroxed several copies of my data sheets for other relatives, with the misgivings that I had very little data to flesh things out and make the names come alive as individuals. Then one day a parcel arrived from Canada, wrapped in grey paper and addressed in a faded black pen. The writing was faded and barely legible, the package uninsured and bearing no return address. Yet it made it thru the mails in short order.

Inside was an old leather wallet and 50 deeds, wills, and letters from my family, including a genealogy done 50 years ago and the original parchment land grant to downtown Windsor, Ontario, given by King George in 1804! Some investigation was made and I finally determined that the old papers were sent by my late great-great aunt????????s husband, who had heard of my project via some papers I had left with a Detroit museum. I thanked him immediately ???????? a man I had never met. The papers have now returned to the family of their name and have proved to provide many tantalizing insights to my French Canadian forbearers.


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