Barry's Relatively Speaking: You Have Not Because You Ask Not

Posted on Sep 25, 2012

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

After searching and researching for several decades on my Ramsay kith and kin, exasperation set in. Remembering the old Biblical lesson that you should pray specifically, I uttered a quick plea to Providence, as I mounted the steps to the Kansas State Historical Library in Topeka.

About three-fourths through the day I came across a notation in the file cabinet about some Ramsaey data. All these years I had been careful to look up both Ramsay and Ramsey for spellings in doing my genealogy--but this was a different way to spell the surname. The material was stored in a special case on an upper floor against a certain wall and the workers in the library went scurrying after the documents. Lo and behold, there had been a big Ramsay-Ramsey reunion in 1904 at the St. Louis Worlds Fair and every person of that name or heritage was invited to join the gathering. Included in the files are family histories of all that attended, applications from all those that replied to the invitation, picture of those gathered, and a large scrapbook of many different Ramsay news items. Not only did I find the information on my own Ramsays, but on seemingly everyone elses Ramsay-Ramseys also. Only one other mortal being had fallen upon these files since the date 1907. I was but the second to find this wealth of information. YOU HAVE NOT BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT ... what a miracle.

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