Barry's Relatively Speaking: It Pays To Be Inquisitive, Listen, and Show Appreciation

Posted on Nov 07, 2012

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

Canadian relatives tracing my McTaggart roots were searching in Western Ontario keeping a list of all contacts. Although the trip was not too productive they nevertheless sent cards to all on the list at Christmas time in appreciation for their assistance. One recipient was a lady postmistress with a tiny office in an old country store. She was reading her yuletide greeting out loud and was overheard by another lady who was the only shopper in that village store. The latter stepped up and said, "Did you say McTaggart?" It seems that she had just rented a big old house in the village and found an old Bible in the attic containing family records of that name!

It turned out to be the family Bible of my New York emigrant great great great grandfather, James McTaggart, 1754-1843, who came over on the ship Gale in 1774! This really proves that it pays to read your mail out loud, and it pays to be inquisitive and listen to everything that is said even though a person may be talking to themselves. And above all it pays to show appreciation to those willing to help you trace your family tree!


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