Barry's Relatively Speaking: Clerk Does Job Better Than Required

Posted on Aug 07, 2012

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

In search of my husband's grandmother's birth certificate, I wrote to the Probate Court Office of Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio. I gave all the information we knew - Julia Ethel Stair, born 17 August 1888, -parents John and Lauretta (LaChat) Stair.

A few days later we received a reply from Miss Rhonda McGuire, Deputy Clerk, stating there was no one by that name in their files, but she was enclosing copies of three birth certificates of females who had the same parents. At first glance, we recognized Great Aunt Mary and Great Aunt Beulah. But who was "Guley" Ethel Stair? Then - of course, that was a soft "g" and thus pronounced Julie, but born 17 September 1888 not the always celebrated 17 August. With the other information in agreement with what we had, it had to be my husband's grandmother. How appreciative we are of the clerk who took the time to do her job just a little bit better than required.

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