Barry's Relatively Speaking: My Great Grandfather Too

Posted on Jul 02, 2012

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

My Great Grandfather Too

The task of locating relatives is a tedious one for me, usually requiring hours of research, but recently, by a happy coincidence a cousin fell right into my lap.

My sister was attending an African Violet Society meeting in La Verne, California where she learned that Ruth Ellis was going to Des Moines, Iowa to do some research and wanted a traveling companion.

My sister called me, knowing I wanted to do some research in Millersburg, Iowa. "Maybe you girls can travel together", she said.

I called Ruth and the conversation went like this:

Me: When do you want to go? Ruth: June 14

Me: Can't make if then, busy season in the flower shop (I own a floral shop)

Ruth: Thanks anyhow, it would have been fun.

Me: By the way how far is Des Moines from Millersburg? I want to do some research there; my great grandfather founded the town in 1844.

Ruth: What was his name?

Me: Rueben Miller.

Ruth: You've got to be kidding. He's my great grandfather too.

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