Wednesday, June 18, 2014
GENEALOGY BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER
Jennifer lives in Arizona, but has relatives here in Ohio. Recently, she and her sister were making a trip to Ohio to visit relatives in Piqua and Portsmouth. Jennifer let me know she was coming and wanted to meet me. She messaged me on Facebook when she would be here and I arranged to meet her at the cemetery where she went to view the monument I had photographed.
I met Jennifer and her sister and niece Friday, early evening. It was so nice to see her in person. She had asked me for directions to the cemetery and the local catholic church, which I gave her for her GPS. She had no problem finding and photographing them while she was in town briefly.
When we first started corresponding online, Jennifer wanted some more information for her genealogy research. The local catholic church keeps very old records and I went to see the secretary there and we went through many old books of records. I was able to gather records for many of her family members from this area and send them to her. It was a labor of love, because some of the records had to be deciphered since the really old ones were written in Latin and English by the Parish Priests.
I love doing genealogy and now I know it can bring people together with a common bond of love for our ancestors.