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Relatively Speaking: You Never Know

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.

You Never Know

You never know where you might fin a relative or when you might even be talking to one! When we first moved here sixteen years ago, almost the first ones to welcome us were our Representative to the state legislature and his mother.

As I am an invalid, he was always seeing to it that I got to vote, and as he is a rancher, he bought pasture seed from us, so he and members of his family were frequent visitors to our home over the years. On a recent visit, the conversation turned to genealogy and I was relating the tale of one of our ancestors, a young woman of twenty-three, and how she came to this country in 1621. Our friends said they had a Carpenter line too, an Alice Carpenter who married Governor Bradford.

Our ancestor was Priscilla Carpenter, and as it happens, Alice and Priscilla were sisters ?›ƒ?ªƒ?? which makes us and our old friends COUSINS!

So, you never know who you might be related to, do you?

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