Barry's Relatively Speaking: "Do You Love Me?"

Posted on Nov 29, 2012

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

Soon after my young U.S. Navy Medic grandson was killed in Vietnam in 1969, in a dream he stood near me, with the saddest expression imaginable, wearing a beautiful blue business suit, white shirt and tie.

The sympathy I felt for him was too deep to be described. Something grazed me and hit him. I held him up, when he said "Grandma, do you love me?" I said yes, I always had and woke up crying, my side still hurting.

Soon afterward I received a sample genealogy magazine. In it was a request from a man in Kansas City, Missouri, for Banta family information. I knew then what Mike was telling me - - to search out these Banta names, which I hadn't planned on as they were his ancestors on his grandfather's side.

But I knew then I must do this; so I sent the information I had. And the reply was that I had already sent exactly what he wanted. He sent a chart showing my son's direct line back to 1600 in Holland and told me where to get family history down to 1890. I got the book and after work,

prayer, red tape, and original records, I had done all in my power. The night after I had finished the marriages, from different sources, in a dream I saw Mike again with a sweet smile as if saying, "Thank you, Grandma." Soon afterward I found blue is the National color of Holland.

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