Barry's Relatively Speaking: History Repeats Itself

Posted on Sep 04, 2012

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

Just before Christmas 1964 a pink-cheeked baby girl was born in Sacramento, California. Her proud parents, Richard and Pat Sneed, wanted a name for their first-born daughter that combined simplicity with a sense of history. They chose the name Ann Elizabeth.

About ten years later Ann Elizabeth's grandmother became very interested in genealogy and began a search for the Sneed ancestors. She spent hours pouring over historical books and records. Letters zipped across the country to distant relatives and

county recorders. Little by little the network of ancestors filled the pages. Eventually Ann's Grandma called on a professional genealogist for help.

One day last year he surprised the family by finding a remarkable coincidence. The name Richard has been a popular one appearing in the Sneed line almost every generation. The startling find, however, was that Richard's great-great grandfather also named Richard Sneed had named his firstborn daughter - Ann Elizabeth.

"Was I named after her?" asked a wide-eyed Anni of her grandmother. Came the reply, "You certainly were, my dear, about a hundred and twenty-eight years after."

History does indeed repeat itself.

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