Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Waiting for the Mail....

I know it's really too early to begin watching the mailbox so eagerly, considering that I just sent the request early last week! Still, I can't help myself. It could be really big news when it comes.

I wrote a post awhile ago about my gg-grandmother, Rebecca Smith, whose parents' names I do not know. I know her husband's name and the names of many of her children. (Her daughter, Elvira, married Fred Gerner, the parents of my grandmother, Beulah.) But I don't know Rebecca's parents' names. And how does one search with a last name like Smith! When I learned that the 1850 Butler County Agricultural Census was online, I perused it just to see how many Smiths there were but it seemed senseless - useless - really without more information.

About two weeks ago I went to the Butler Area Public Library Obituary Index again, searching for Gerners (and found a reference for a marriage licence announcement for Beulah and her husband Gust Doyle!) and decided to look for Bartleys, too.

To my total surprise, there was Dixon Bartley, M/M (Mr. and Mrs.). The note on the page read, "Golden Wedding; long article with genealogy and list of gifts and guests."

Can you see why I'm so eagerly watching the mail?! Maybe tomorrow it will come! And I can only hope and pray that the genealogy will include her family as well as his!


  1. Waiting on genealogy information in the regular mail is agonizing isn't it? I'm currently waiting on my Great-Grandfather's death certificate to arrive from Indiana though I did just sent the request off last week so it may be awhile yet... Still, I keep hoping that I will open the mailbox and there it will be.

  2. I sympathize with you on researching Smiths - my biggest brick wall was one.

  3. No wonder you are anxiously awaiting the mail. I hope when the news comes it is more than you hoped for:)

  4. It's always so thrilling to find some new information when I have been looking for a long time. Enjoy opening that mail!


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