Barry's Relatively Speaking: Relative Found Hanging On Wall
Posted on Dec 19, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Sylvia shares the following experience.
About ten years ago, my husband and I joined our local live theatre group. There we met a lady about 15 years younger than ourselves whom we both immediately liked and enjoyed very much. We have become good friends over the years. My husband whose hobby is creative black and white photography did some portraits of our friend in her role in "Man of LaMancha." The photos were so very good, we enlarged them, 16x20 inch size and hung them in our home. Often we have been questioned as to why her portrait is so pominently displayed.
This summer, her mother decided to trace their family tree. While checking ancestor charts at our local genealogical chapter library, she came upon a chart I had submitted on my husband's line. We got busy and compared notes, etc. The result is that now the beautiful "Aldonza" who hangs in the hallway is a relative. She and my husband are fifth cousins. Their common progenitor having
been born in Belmont County, Ohio in 1802.
Strange as it seems, I had been trying to document this fact for over five years for First Families of Ohio, and her mother had the proof I needed.
Two things can be learned from this experience. Your best friend can also be a relative. Support libraries - give them copies of your genealogical study and you will be rewarded with relatives.