Barry's Relatively Speaking: Extraordinary Coincidence
Posted on Dec 17, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Gene shares the following experience.
Recently I had the most unusual experience in my fifteen years of researching my family history.
My mother's grandfather, Simon Simonson, came from Norway and since I don't speak Norwegian and have limited time, I hired a Norwegian genealogist to find Simon's lineage. The genealogist, Mrs. Knudsen, has done an excellent job and has found many lines to the 17th Century.
I was told by my great-uncle that his father, Simon, had a brother, Albert, who was a Norwegian seaman who was killed in Philadelphia in 1905. I obtained Albert's death certificate and learned that he left a wife in Norway, and so informed Mrs. Knudsen.
While Mrs. Knudsen was working in the archives in Oslo, she compared notes with other researchers and she found that another person was searching the same Simonson family for a woman living in Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Knudsen sent me the name and address of this woman and I immediately wrote her. I found, to my astonishment, that she is the granddaughter of Albert Simonson.
Until now, my family believed that we were the only members of this family here. My long-lost cousin is 69 years old and is a Mormon and she also was unaware that she had any other living relatives in America other than her family.
I doubt that it is possible to calculate the probability of such an extraordinary coincidence occuring.