Barry's Relatively Speaking: Patience Rewarded

Posted on Aug 03, 2012

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

In February 1973, while I was living in Portland, a friend gave me a Paris, Illinois, telephone directory. While searching through the various names it contained, I found a listing for two McEvoys. Hoping that these Mc Evoys might be able to give me additional information about the McEvoys in my line, I wrote to them. Even though I enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope, I never heard from them.

A year later a man in Chrisman, Illinois, decided to do some research on the McEvoys. Since Chrisman was only 13 miles from Paris, he decided to call upon one of the families living there. They gave him the letter that I had written in 1973. Excited, he wrote to me; however, by that time we had moved from Portland to Bend, and the post office was no longer forwarding our mail. Determined to find me, he continued his search by making a trip to Utah and Idaho where he was given my Bend address by a cousin in Hagerman, Idaho.

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