Barry's Relatively Speaking: Fishing Story
Posted on Dec 29, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Rosemary shares the following experience.
While our whole family was on vacation at a favorite spot, Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, our oldest son clipped an article about a "catch and release" fishing regulation at the lake which he found in the advertising and entertainment newspaper we had picked up. He gave the clipping to our youngest son who put it in the tackle box.
Several months later I was driving our youngest son and a neighbor boy to a nearby lake for some fishing when I heard from the back seat, "Who is Josiah Riffle?" I haven't the faintest idea, why do you ask?", I replied to the neighbor. "Because I'm reading about him right here," he said.
On the flip side of the fishing article was a story of St. Patrick's Church in Laurie, Missouri being placed on the National Register of Historic Places and Josiah Riffle was among the founders.
I found a listing in The Genealogical Helper of a genealogy column in a local Missouri paper and wrote to them. They printed my letter and it brought a response. We have heard from cousins.
We have returned for subsequent vacations and found the cemetery and copied information from the tombstones. I'm still following leads on this branch of my husband's family.
There is no vacation from genealogy once hooked. Bait can be found anywhere — even in a tackle box.