Barry's Relatively Speaking: In The Next Room

Posted on Dec 18, 2012

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

While living with an elderly aunt of mine I decided to search out our family. The story concerning her father and his parents was a real mystery. He had supposedly been orphaned at an early age, and no one knew his parents' names. He in turn died when my aunt, the oldest of his children, was in her early twenties. I had searched every possible place to no avail. As I was talking to a cousin in California, he asked where the old family trunk was. When I finished the conversation, I asked my aunt the same question. Very calmly, she led me to a room in the house used only for storage right next to my bedroom. Under a stack of quilts was the trunk. Inside was a "strong box" containing newspaper clippings, Bible Records, letters, etc. Upon examining these I discovered not only her grandparents' names, but also her great grandparents' names. Information on the children for both generations was listed as if someone had begun the genealogical search years ago. So, it really pays to look at home first!

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