Originally published on genealogyatheart.blogspot.com on 22 Oct 2015.
As we approach Halloween, I’m thinking about the weird and unexplained that happens in the world of genealogy. I’ve had several strange situations occur which I’ll be sharing over the next few posts.
Since I know I’m not alone I wanted to share with you some coincidences I’ve discovered in the past few weeks written by other genealogists.
The first was from Crestleaf.com – if you don’t subscribe to their free email newsletter you really need to as it’s filled with useful posts. In their September recap there’s a link to their interesting finds for the month and one written by Vicki Noels-Cornish, The Ginger Genie, who shares a serendipitous find. Click on Crestleaf to read about it.
Don’t know if you saw the History Channel show last year about the violin that was discovered to belong to one of those who perished on the Titanic. I’m not a big Titanic fan but I loved how the show followed the trail to discover that the violin was in fact one used on the ship. I was astounded to read the rest of the story – recently posted by the Daily Mail in the UK. This you’ve got to read if you’re not aware of the update. Warning – there’s a spoiler in the headline so scroll down before you begin reading! View it here.
My Mother was quite superstitious and one of her favorite saying was “It always comes in 3’s.” So here’s the 3rd coincidental story – I’ve discovered recently that Genealogy Today has short stories submitted by users about Serendipity. I really enjoyed “Marriage Arranged By Ancestors” as my husband and I met accidentally through friends. Over the years we’ve discovered that we are “cousins” several times, the most recent in the 1500’s. Before researching my ancestors I would have said I was Croatian and German and he would have said he was Swedish. Little did we know we are also Irish, English, Welsh, Scottish, and French. Enjoy!