One of the most satisfying elements of genealogy is helping other people discover interesting things in their background and make a connection with their heritage. This Christmas season was no exception.
My husband, Jim, and I spent Christmas in Colorado where we met the family of our daughter’s boyfriend. One day in the course of the conversation, his mother mentioned the family knew very little about their maternal grandfather, not even the date and place of his birth! For a variety of reasons, including a difference in religions, “that side” of the family was not talked about.
Well, loving a genealogy challenge, we started with what the family did know (the year and place of his death) and went from there. Progress was slow but we cleared a significant hurdle when we found a copy of the death certificate on familysearch.org and additional information on Ancestry.com. And finding an image online that matched the picture hanging on their own living room wall provided evidence we had found the right family.
The finishing touch was learning that the grandfather had been born 103 years ago … to the very day we made the discovery! Coincidence? I don’t think so.