Barry's Relatively Speaking: Wouldn't It Be Strange . . .

Posted on Dec 20, 2012

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

Two years ago in California, I was helping an adoptee in Idaho find her mother. It was extremely difficult because the only information I had was a common last name (Stephens), occupation teacher, born in Michigan (no first name given), and the father's name which later proved to be false. Nevertheless, I did some exhaustive sleuthing for ten months which yielded absolutely nothing. It was at this point that I decided that it was time to get some advise from an expert. After opening The Genealogical Helper, I found many names of researchers, but decided to pick one from Michigan since the person I was looking for was born there. As I ran my finger down the list of names, I stopped at one for no better reason than it sounded like a nice name. I wrote to her explaining my problem and mentioned how difficult it was to search for someone named Stephens with no first name. A few weeks later, she replied that she could not help me without having more information, but added, "Wouldn't it be strange if the person you are looking for turned out to be an old friend of mine I went to school with in Michigan 25 years ago?

She did not know if her friend had ever given up a baby for adoption, but said that she had become a teacher, married three times and was now living in California.

The researcher immediately wrote to her old friend and within days I received a letter from California. The old friend was indeed the person I was looking for and it wasn't long before mother and daughter were enjoying a happy reunion.

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