Barry's Relatively Speaking: The "Gene Bug" Won

Posted on Aug 29, 2012

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

The time that my family thought that the "Gene Bug" had really driven me "buggy".

From Bible records and an obituary, I learned that a great-uncle of my husbands had been buried in a cemetery near our home.

I visited the cemetery office and was given the information of him and several of his family. Included in their information were the names, addresses and relationship to deceased of the people giving the information. Surely, some of these people were still alive and in this area.

A search of the telephone directory turned up one of the relatives. Eagerly, I dialed the number, only to hear a recording tell me it was no longer a working number. Dead end.

Wait, Memorial day was almost here. Would I be considered crazy if I placed flowers, with a note attached, on these graves? I called my sister-in-law to get her opinion. Yes, she would go with me and even write the notes of explanation.

On Friday evening, we placed the bouquets on the un-decorated graves. By Sunday, I could stand the suspense no longer. I drove to the cemetery to find that more flowers were there, and that our notes were gone.

Would the relatives call? Yes, they did. Another branch was added to the family tree by a granddaughter of this greatuncle.

The "Gene Bug" had won!

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