Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Good Genealogy Luck

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

When have you had a dose of good genealogy luck? What document or resource did you find just by happenstance or chance? By being in the right place at the right time? By finding a family history treasure in your family's attic or basement? By finding a helpful document or reference without even looking for it? 

2) Tell us about it in Comments to this post, in Comments on Facebook or Google Plus, or in a blog post of your own.

Here's mine:

1)  Read Treasures in the Closet for my extreme good luck after I thought that all family treasures had been found. This was certainly a case of being in the right place at the right time. 

I'm still, after 11 years, working my way through all of these items! I wonder where I put some of them? Hmmm, probably the file cabinet! I need to scan them and get them archived somewhere.

2)  Somehow I fell into this blogging gig 11 years ago, and because of good fortune I've managed to be involved in Geneabloggers where there are hundreds of interesting, smart and fun genealogy writers sharing their family history and their experiences with readers.  Then there are the society programs, seminars, cruises and conferences I've attended because of this "hobby" of mine.  Blogging has sort of taken over my genealogy life for some reason - and I feel very lucky!

John Milton originally said "luck is the residue of design" (and Branch Rickey is often credited with the saying). However, the definition of "luck" is "the chance happening of fortunate or adverse events."


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Janice M. Sellers said...

Here's my contribution:

mbritton said...

I live in western Nebraska, have limited resources for travel plus a husband who dislikes to travel, so my computer has to suffice for most of my research. At some point I found the wife of my husband's third great grandfather to be Mary Niece. I entered this on my tree and shortly some one contacted me telling me this was wrong. I reconsidered, but left it, until I found more convincing evidence of error. This was two or three years ago. A few weeks ago Ancestry gave me a hint from marriage records from the Methodist Church showing Thomas Britton married Mary Niece and even gave the names of her parents.