Barry's Relatively Speaking: Hand Of Fate
Posted on Jul 06, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. J. T. Chiles shares the following experience.
The pursuit of genealogy can be more than suspensful, exciting or satisfying; it can be perilous I
After wanting for a long time to go to Union, Missouri to hunt for a lost ancestor, the opportunity finally came last November. My husband made it clear that I would have only a few hours to spend in the courthouse because of a tight schedule. In fact, he gave me from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon.
The search was so promising that I pleaded for more time when the deadline arrived (after all, I had waited years to get there!). Taking pity on my genealogy fever, he agreed to wait until 2 o'clock. At the second deadline, I most reluctantly gathered up my material and departed with dark thoughts about husbands and deadlines.
A few miles and minutes later, we heard on the radio that a bomb had blasted the courthouse while the bank in Union had been robbed. The bomb, apparently placed to disrupt communications with the sheriff's office, had injured several persons and badly damaged the courthouse. The dark thoughts turned to gratitude and amazement at the coincidences of "fate" in our lives.
Genealogy is never dull and boring!