Barry's Relatively Speaking: Beginner's Luck

Posted on Aug 13, 2012

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

As a beginner in genealogy research, I enrolled In a mini-evening class at Drury College, Springfield, Missouri. The instructor was Mrs. Lena Wills, well known In this area because she writes a column for the Sunday paper.

She asked each of us to complete a family form with names we knew. My grandmother's maiden name was Duvall. When she read mine with names I was researching she said, "Duvall, let me give you the name and phone number of a good friend and neighbor of mine that was a Duvall and probably could help you since she knows a lot about her family."

I called Mrs. Bennett, who turned out to be my grandmother's cousin. She gave me the name and address of her niece in Texas. I wrote to Marjorie Carignan and received In return not only the names and birthdates back for three generations from the Duvall family Bible she had, but the obituary clipping from the newspaper of my great grandfather (died 1912).

I was very thankful that Mrs. Wills tried to help each of us by not only giving instructions about research, but giving the personal touch of knowing someone who might help on our family names.

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