Barry's Relatively Speaking: Unusual Genealogy Source

Posted on Dec 13, 2012

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

Genealogical information, like gold, is where you find it! At the last meeting of our local genealogical society, one of the members — Mrs. Mary Kirby, handed me a slip of paper with the following information: "$475 a month to good canvassers — articles new and as staple as flour. Samples free. C. M. Linington, Chicago."

She then explained that this tidbit of information had been obtained at Wendy's — a fast-food restaurant in this area. At Wendy's the plastic-laminated table tops are decorated with turn-of-the century newspaper advertisements. Mrs. Kirby had. most thoughtfully, copied the above information from the top of a table.

A little subsequent research, starting with the 1900 Census for Illinois,

revealed that "C. M. Linington" was Charles Maltby Linington — the son of Cornelius Linington — who was the brother of my third great grandfather, William Linington. Thus the table top of a restaurant led to my adding another family to my family tree. Genealogy is, indeed, "Where you find it."

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