Barry's Relatively Speaking: The Woman Upstairs

Posted on Sep 05, 2012

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

I live in an apartment house, with exterior mailboxes. One day, the mailman delivered to me by mistake a newspaper belonging to my neighbor in the apartment above me. I noted that it was from Ashland, Illinois, so I copied down the address since a family I was seeking information on, had lived at Ashland in the late 1890's.

I submitted an ad to the Ashland paper, seeking information on the family of William and Louisa Sorrells, since I believed Louisa to be related to my Points family in Schuyler Co., Illinois. The ad was printed.


Several days later, I received a call early on a Saturday morning. My neighbor upstairs turned out to be a grand-daughter of Louisa Sorrells and we were able to exchange information on what we know of each other's families. one flight I've been doing genealogy for 10 years now, and why I didn't think, in the first place, to ask my neighbor if she happened to know these people, is now beyond me. It took a letter to Ashland, Illinois to discover that I was seeking the woman who lived upstairs from me!

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