X Marks the Spot!

Pirate Quincy

Pirate Quincy

Do you like hunting for treasure? If you have ever followed a treasure map then you know that X marks the spot where the treasure lies. For me, doing genealogy is like hunting for treasure; finding that elusive ancestor after following the clues to the eXact document is truly a treasure more precious than gold.

Many times I’ve experienced that Eureka! moment of discovery. Here’s one from my mom, who, over the years has been my foot soldier in the search.

I was viewing microfilm at the BYU Family History Library trying to find the people on the list you gave me.  I was getting nauseous from the film movement looking for Grants in Massachusetts with no results. I finally said a prayer asking for divine intervention, as I was at a total loss and about to give up due to feeling so sick. Suddenly, like a neon sign flashing in my brain, the word VERMONT! VERMONT! VERMONT! filled my mind. I pulled the Vermont film and there they all were. That experience has stayed with me vividly all these years. What an immediate answer to prayer!

Finding the information you seek is only part of the treasure. Superseding it almost is the way it is found–often through extraordinary means such as this. Synchronicity!

About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, writer, traveler, Mormon
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11 Responses to X Marks the Spot!

  1. wordstock16 says:

    How do you find a missing family when all you have are lies and falsehoods? How many people are named Montoya? It came to me to add my husband’s biological name on Ancestry.com. Not much hope, I had looked for his missing brothers and sisters for 30 years. The shock of the message from someone named Esther looking for the mother of her cousins was unbelievable. Her cousins were two of his missing siblings. Not only did that happen once, it happened the day after we had made a trip to meet them in person. When we came home and I logged on, there was another message from a lady who thought she might be related. Praise the Lord, two more of the missing children. The thrill of the discovery still resonates. Like your mother, I think it is divine interventions and meant to be.

  2. How awesome! I was just telling my husband last night how grateful I am for answers to prayers. My older family member handle most the genealogy work right now, but I imagine that’s something I’ll get into when I’m not worried about grubby hands and spelling tests. Ah the things to look forward to! 😉

    True Heroes from A to Z

  3. Sammy D. says:

    Pirate Quincy is darling.

    ‘Er No, I mean really scarey, Matey 🙂

  4. Susan Kane says:

    Little boy pirate–arghhh– and the letter X. Of course.
    Over from the A to Z.

  5. I remember back in high school when I had to do a family tree, it was exciting to find my family’s name through the years. It was like a treasure hunt.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

  6. Mary says:

    I love your pirate picture ! X marks the spot and it looks like you found the treasure! I haven’t done a lot of genealogy work myself, but my aunt compiled a history and passed it on to me. One side of my tree is from Europe and many of my living relatives don’t even know the exact dates of their births or have certain official papers. WW2 and other civil unrest during the 20th century either messed up the files and/or the people didn’t have time to go file timely–they were too busy trying to survive. So I am left to oral histories for the most part. I need to get the stories I know written down before I forget them, Thanks for reminding me of this treasure!

    Mary from The View from my World

  7. Michael says:

    Hi Gail thank you for visiting me at Barn & Beach, see you are nearly home..two to go! Ps check out our website for beach houses with barnandbeach.com

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