Barry's Relatively Speaking: Helping Hand

Posted on Dec 15, 2012

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

My father and mother were divorced when I was a baby, and I did not see him again until briefly in 1965 at which time he told me he had no knowledge of his parents' families. I never saw him again, but did begin a search for ancestors but with no results until a maternal cousin's chance remark that she had a friend living in the same town in which my father was born. This friend sent me the name of a member of the Humphrey family whom she knew, and when I called him I learned he was a first cousin of my father. He told me also that my father had died in 1973. He then said his daughter lived in my same town, and I realized I not only knew her but we had attended the same church for twenty-five years! You can imagine our jubilant conversation when I called her. I have now met or corresponded with other cousins and have found my Humphrey line back to the immigrant ancestor. I am firmly convinced the long arm of coincidence has a HELPING HAND at the end of it.

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