Barry's Relatively Speaking: Exciting Discovery - Copy 38

Posted on Aug 14, 2012

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

Early in my ancestral search, I learned that my husband's forebears were landed gentry, with manor houses dotting the English landscape. However, I was completely unprepared to find in a public library, quite by accident, a volume written about one such family seat - a beautiful book, published in London in 1900, one of only 200 copies, complete with engravings and ancestral charts. It was an exciting discovery.

I wondered: Could I ever be so fortunate as to find another copy? The book would have had limited circulation, principally among descendants of those who had lived in the house. Indeed, I wondered just how this copy had found its way to a California library.

Needless to say, I started prospecting among the book lists of likely book dealers. Finally, after three years, there it was! There followed an anxious phone call across the continent to the dealer. In due time, the book arrived, in mint condition. We like to believe that copy 38 once belonged to a family member.

Because this 14th century manor house is still occupied, and listed among Those "open to view", we look forward to visiting it. If this story is printed, need I say which piggy-bank will get the ten dollars?

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