Barry's Relatively Speaking: A Desire To Learn More

Posted on Dec 22, 2012

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

While I had a certain amount of curiosity about my family history it was not until my mother's funeral several years ago that I became actively interested in genealogy.

I was my mother's child by her second husband and had one half sister, Marjorie, the child of the first husband. At my mother's funeral I was introduced to Marjorie's elderly Aunt Sophia. After looking at me closely Sophia said, "You look like Uncle Billy Maxey." Although I knew one of my great grandmother's maiden name was Maxey I had no idea what she meant.

When the opportunity to question her arose both Marjorie and I were quite surprised to learn that not only were we half brother and sister, but, half second cousins, once removed. Her grandfather and my great grandmother were also half brother and sister. The Uncle Billy Maxey referred to is my great grandmother's brother and the half brother of Marge's grandfather.

This remark about my resemblence to an unknown relative led not only to the discovery of an unsuspected relationship, but, an enduring desire to learn still more.

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