Barry's Relatively Speaking: Someone Cared Enough

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

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

Inevitably, every family historian has those moments when he or she dejectedly wonders "is it all worth it? In the long run, will anyone really care enough about this family's heritage to justify the labor and the expense that is involved?" When the time eventually comes that the family historian molds his years of study and adventure, delight and dismay, into one hard-bound, costly-to-produce, labor-of-love, particular agonies appear over the practicality of the endeavor.

With the publication of my first family history, I, too, experienced the same doubts. As the first volumes went into the mail to those who had placed advance orders, I could not help but wonder, "Will I sell enough copies to pay the printer for all those amusing anecdotes and revealing pictures -and the binder for the deluxe cloth and the gold lettering?" But in the midst of these doubts there came a "reorder" which, if nothing else, reassured me that my labor did have intrinsic value to someone.. The letter read: "Enclosed please find my check for a second copy of Chauvin dit Charleville. Believe it or not my original copy was stolen when my house was burglarized!"

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