Barry's Relatively Speaking: A Dream Comes True

Posted on Oct 26, 2012

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

When my grandfather came to America from The Netherlands in 1907, with his bride, he was the only one of his family who came There were no family ties today and my aunt could not tell me any thing about where he came from or if there were other family mem bers. She found one paper that had belonged to her father which was an intent for naturalization. This gave me the place of his birth, the town he last lived, when he sailed, where he landed, and the vessel he sailed on. I was delighted! Now, how do I find living relatives which I felt there must be!

I decided to write a letter which I addressed to "The relatives of Derk Barsema" and sent it to the town he last lived. After the letter bounced around for two months from one family to another, and even to several villages in that area, a reply came from a cousin of my mother. "We were delighted to find living relatives!" A year and a half later, we were their guests in the beautiful storybook land of the north part of The Netherlands.

As a direct result of that one piece of paper, we have three family lines back to the 1700's, plus possibilities on other lines. Not only ancestors, but living relatives! A dream come true!

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