So much of my public genealogy is done as "cousin bait." This very blog included! I have documented how it has rewarded me, as both genealogists and non-genealogists find my blog with search engines, connections are made, research is sent to me, family records, some in my ancestor's own handwriting.
One of the cousins I discovered by continually crossing paths researching the same family lines, is Tony from Arizona. Tony introduced me to the records of his grandmother Jennie (Hall) Long (1879-1968) who was my great-grandaunt and a family historian in her own right!
And so here is where we cross the line.
I emailed Tony to find out what great-aunt Jennie had on on her great-grandfather Joseph Hall of New Hampshire? There are a few and I am trying isolate specifically which one is our ancestor. He sent me this --
-- A copy of aunt Jennie's notes in her own writing. Now keep in mind my great-grandaunt was born in 1879 and died in 1968. How old is this? At least fifty years. Maybe a hundred. And look at the words on the page. She called her granduncle Israel "Uncle Billy." My 3xgreat-granduncle Israel Woodbury Hall was nicknamed "Billy." How would I have known that if it wasn't for this genealogy record?
We have crossed the line where a family history document has become a family treasure.
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