Barry's Relatively Speaking: An Honest Woman

Posted on Sep 16, 2012

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

Researching for family ancestors can be fun! For example- the lady at the desk in the library permitted me to do research in D.A.R. room. I must have looked honest to her!

I had only time to get out pad and pencil when I was aware of a woman entering the room. With no disrespect to this woman let me say that she appeared to "come as she was." That is, her hair was in pink rollers, a cook apron was around her waist, and her shoes, rabbit fur trimmed house shoes.

This unknown seated herself at a nearby table facing me. She immediately grabbed a newspaper and held it before her—but I could tell it was not to be read for it was up-side down!

I tried to concentrate on obtaining genealogical data but I found myself disturbed by that curious person reading an up-side down newspaper all the while her beady eyes were focused on me! Finally I gave up - not because I was tired of researching but I was worn down with that obvious policing!

Not until I was well on my way home did I realize that the woman had been summoned hurriedly to protect the contents of the D.A.R. room! And me an honest woman!

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