Relatively Speaking: Two Grandmother Israels

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.

Two Grandmother Israels

You can?›ƒ?ªƒ?›t get much more unusual than my tale of genealogy. We had never been able to go back further than my husband?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s father for the children?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s baby books even.

Three years ago, while on a trip back East for the first time, we visited the Vanderbilt Mansion which is located atop a mountain after a three mile climb.

While seated in the rest area, I heard a woman say to a little girl, ?›ƒ?ª?Ask grandmother Israel if she wants a coke.?›ƒ?ª? I turned to the lady seated next to me and asked, ?›ƒ?ª?What did she call you??›ƒ?ª? She said, ?›ƒ?ª?Grandmother Israel.?›ƒ?ª? I said, ?›ƒ?ª?I am Grandmother Israel also.?›ƒ?ª?

Turns out we were the lost branch who had gone to Texas in the later part of the 1800?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s. Her son had traced the Israels and he sent me a copy and I got to work. We have it to present times now on most branches. For someone whose name was the only one in the directory at home, and who never traveled, to go on a trip, and find their ancestors through a four-year-old 1300 miles away on a mountain top, to me it?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s unusual.

This started me, now I have on my mother?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s side of the family, with 9 allied families back to 1500?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s. And I have infected my sisters and we are on my father?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s side as of now.


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