Following are some blog posts and news stories that I’ve found interesting and informative. I hope you enjoy them as well.
Jim Beidler always has interesting pieces in his “Roots and Branches” column in the Lebanon Daily News. Recently he wrote about a case of double-serendipity. A dinner in memory of our late friend John Humphrey led him to a discussion with a fellow genealogist who had found a Bible from an ancestor while perusing an antique store. More serendipity occurred when Jim discovered that the owner of the Bible was also related to him. Read more in A Case of ‘Second-hand Serendipity.
Heather Wilkinson Rojo writes the Nutfield Genealogy blog about New England and other places. She recently wrote a compelling story about her husband’s family in Spain. His grandfather was one of dozens of people from the area of the village of Aranda de Duero executed by the forces of Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War. Recently the bodies were disinterred from their mass grave and reinterred in the local cemetery. Read more of the story in An Emotional Turn of Events.
A different, and sadder, case of serendipity occurred in the United Kingdom. A married couple had felt an “inevitable attraction” to each other from the moment they first met. Both were adopted and neither had any idea who their birth parents were. The couple married. Unfortunately, they later discovered that they were actually twins who were separated after birth when they were put up for adoption. The case has caused Parliament to start changes in adoption regulations to prevent such tragedies from occurring again. Read more in Married Couple in the UK Discover They Are Actually Twins Separated at Birth.
We are so used to hearing about horrible stories about old cemeteries being lost to the ravages of time and development or vandalized by thugs, it is nice to be able to present a story with a happy ending for a change. Two genealogists were recently looking for their Revolutionary War ancestor’s grave in Washington County, New York. They found it in a neglected family cemetery on a local farm. Fortunately, the farmer agreed to having the cemetery preserved. Read more in History Plowed Under: Descendants Discover Revolutionary War-era Graves on Farm.
Finally, we have a story that will be interesting for those who grew up in the mid-twentieth century with the words “Hi, ho, Silver!” The television show was the successor to the Lone Ranger radio series. It all started with a 1915 Zane Gray novel. But how many know the real-life man whose story inspired the legend of the Lone Ranger? Born into slavery in 1838, Bass Reeves became the first African-American Deputy U.S. Marshall in Arkansas and the Indian Territory. His story is fascinating. You can read more in The REAL Lone Ranger.