Barry's Relatively Speaking: Wallpaper Provides Clue!

Posted on Nov 16, 2012

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

In the May/June 1983 issue of The Genealogical Helper, a letter I wrote was published in the "Question And Answer Box" section. In my letter I was looking for information on the "City of Rome" ship and a method for finding passenger lists.

I have received three replies to this question, but one of them seemed quite interesting. I received a reply from a Jack Spahn of Camarillo, California. After reading my question he knew he had seen the name of the ship someplace.

He stated: "You won't believe this, but the wallpaper in my den is made up of old ads out of newspapers. Sears Catalogs, etc." He found an ad for "Express Service - S.S. City of Rome." The ship sailed between New York and Liverpool and New York and Queenstown.

Mr. Spahn suggested "you go to a wallpaper store. Tell them what you are looking for...bet you never thought you'd have to go to a wallpaper store to research."

I guess we genealogists have to be ready to do research anyplace.

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