Barry's Relatively Speaking: Minnesota Cousins

Posted on Jul 29, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on G. Bannister shares the following experience.

My husband and I are residents of Southern Minnesota. A year ago we were doing some research in Mahaska County, Iowa—this included visiting cemeteries. At one cemetery where we stopped to look for Bartlett stones, we noticed rather indifferently another car there, but we went about our business. As we approached the other car, we noticed that it was also from Minnesota (Minneapolis) with a man and woman in it. It was a natural thing to talk to them, and we found out that they too were looking for Bartletts. Questioning one another more closely, Leslie Gillund (that is her name) and I discovered that we are fourth cousins because our great, great grandmothers, Selinda and Hannah Bartlett, were sisters. Now Leslie is more like a first cousin to me because we write frequently and enjoy our visits together.

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