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For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gladys, her Husband and Blogger Susan Petersen

Do you ever quickly scan posted cemetery listings and obituaries, in hopes of finding something that will help you in your search? I do, all the time, and sometimes the eye scans are very quick. A second later, I couldn't even tell you the surname or location I had just read. So, when I was doing just that, scanning through a post by Susan Petersen of Long Lost Relatives, I spotted a name and knew instantly that Rev. Roy G. Pavy was in my tree. But why is he listed in an obituary posted by Susan (of Nebraska) of her great grand-aunt since he was living in Connecticut? Further reading of Susan's blog provided the answers: her ancestor lived in Connecticut and she was buried in the same cemetery as my grandparents!

I quickly wrote Susan to tell her about Rev. Pavy then went to my file to review my information. There is no need to include his huge obituary, so I will simply say, he died 6 Jul 1967 and they had no children. His wife, Gladys and my grandfather were 2nd cousins, and each was an only child. I heard the names of Gladys and Roy mentioned frequently, and when my grandfather died, I chose to take an old photo (undated) of Gladys, shown below.
Gladys Bishop Pavy
Roy G. Pavy

In closing, I think it is important to look at all blogs which are about a person or family. You will never know what you've missed if you don't. In this case, Susan lives in Nebraska, I am in Massachusetts, yet I found a relative mentioned on her blog about a Connecticut death! Pretty neat.

10 comments:

Heather Rojo said...

True serendipity. Don't you love when that happens. And why is it that ministers have such huge obituaries? I found one that could fill three blog posts. You have a good eye to have caught this story!

Yvonne said...

There was a reason...keep an open mind, and it will come!

Susan Petersen said...

This is a great example of "life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get." Like Barbara, I scan a LOT of blogs, scanning, looking for names and locations - because you just never know when a family match might occur. Thanks, Barb, for sharing your story.

Nolichucky Roots said...

Amen! I had a similar moment yesterday - blog fodder for sure. We find information in the most unlikely spots, but that's the point of blogging about our families - getting the information out so others can make the connections. Great post.

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Another wonderful example, that keeps us each going on our individual quests, collectively! Thanks, so much, for sharing this story! ;-)

Carol said...

I LOVE when this happens! WHAHOOOO

Greta Koehl said...

I'm just amazed at how so many scattered families gel into connections. (And - love the purple look.)

Barbara Poole said...

I know you've all had these experiences, so I appreciate your comments all the more. Isn't it fun. Yes, keep an open mind, and look at everything.

Marian Pierre-Louis said...

What a wonderful find. I haven't had that happen to me yet but I'm still waiting for the day. It's even better when it's one of your fellow bloggers.

Michelle Goodrum said...

That is way cool and it just goes to remind us all what a small world we live in. Keep on scanning those posts!