Barry's Relatively Speaking: An Unbelievably True Story

Posted on Oct 03, 2012

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

I have been working under the auspices of the Holt County Historical Society since May of 1972 on a cemetery census, compiling information concerning persons who have lived, died and were buried in Holt County since the opening of the Platte Purchase in 1838. Although the book is finished and will soon be printed, and many of my forebearers were early-day Holt Countians, I have found little concerning them.

I have been especially interested in the Shirley family, having inherited personal possessions of my great-grandmother, Mary Ann Shirley Brasel, who lived and died in Holt Co., Missouri. She was the mother of thirteen children.

Not knowing her place of birth or parentage, I mentioned this lack of knowledge to a friend of mine. Four days later, she came bearing the Shirley family Bible which she had found at a flea-market in the neighboring state of Kansas. It gave the information that Richard and Jerusha VanBuskirk Shirley were the parents of William, Jane, Mary Ann (my great-grandmother), Ruth, Jerusha, Stillwell M., and John Wesley, furnishing me with a good strong link from which to springboard my research. Needless to say, I am still in a state of shock.

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