The study of genealogy, which is a fancy word for tracing ones family back in time, is a very rewarding pursuit for those engaged in it, like me. It is actually "exciting" finding the missing link in a family line or actually determining were a particular family lived over time
, or learning preciously what year an ancestor was born, married or died. The glee of finding a family headstone in a remote cemetery is overwhelming!
However, trying to explain the excitement of genealogy to friends and family is difficult to say the least. I see many eyes glaze over when I explain how a missing family fact can be discovered and how important this information is to those impacted. Rarely, do I ever get the point of genealogy across.......
Recently I received a letter from Barbara Mair which clearly highlights the joy that genealogy can bring to families. Just a little bit of background about Barbara. Barbara turns 90 this year and lives outside of London, England. When Barbara was a young girl her parents separated. Barbara and her mother moved from Canada to Italy and then immigrated to England in the late 1930s. Barbara though for a long time that her father had died and later learned he might be alive, but knew nothing more about her father You can imagine Barbara's surprise when in the last few months she learned her father had not died and that he had a second family in Canada. Barbara has now connected with her half brother in Canada and they have been able to share stories of their father, a happy ending story.
Here is Barbara's letter received via e-mail, which is shared with her permission.