Friday, March 14, 2014

Have you experienced genealogy serendipity?

Do you have those "close encounters" with your ancestors. Every once in a while I feel the nudge and have an experience that convinces me they are pushing me to continue researching their lives and telling their stories!

This week as I was volunteering at the Columbia Family History Center, a man came in looking to talk with me about his German ancestors. We quickly realized that we descend from the same 6th great-grandparents, Jacob Demaree and Magdalene Terras.

I had a breakthrough on this family in January 2013 when I was attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. I conducted research at the Family History Library in their microfilmed German church records and found records for my Braun family back to about 1750. What a great week!

I can see after this week's encounter; however, I need to get to work again. They are not satisfied with my slow progress and want me to continue where I left off!

Sophia Braun (my 4th great-grandmother and a descendant of Jacob and Magdalene Demaree) is shown in the colorized photo above. I shared it with Maureen Taylor today, who indicated it was probably made from two daguerrotypes. So, if anyone out there sees this and has those in their possession, please contact me. I would love to see the originals.

Debra A. Hoffman, "Have You Experienced Genealogy Serendipity," Ancestral Leaves, posted14March 2014 ( : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

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