Have also been there & done that.
When I first started researching, I sent away for my maternal
Grandfather's birth cert from Scotland. I received a letter stating
that they could find no such person.
Turned out the person, my mother thought was her 'aunt' all her
life, had actually been her Grandmother. And the person she thought
was her Grandmother was actually her GGrandmother.
Whew, not what I expected and I was very nervous about telling her.
(My mother is 80 yrs old)
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, "Debbie Petrides"
> Genealogy Research Club - A forum for genealogy information
exchange!Things are moving so quickly it's hard to keep up.
> And I learned a lesson today, even though you think you've got a
family figured out, the second you get complacent about them,
something comes up to bite you.
> Today, I went to the courthouse in Athens to pick up the 7 family
wills I had ordered. In that stack was the will of my 3rd great-
grandfather's brother Mr. Casanova.
> Now, I was hoping in there he mentioned his mother's name but no
such luck. However, there was something in there that blew me away
and taught me, never never never assume. About 2 years ago, I had
pretty much completed Ioannis line. I had even met his grandson (who
happens to be 2nd cousins w/ my great-grandma just much younger).
Everything in my mind was proven. Well, the will mentioned his
heirs. His wife, no surprise but his son (who we were aware of) was
> Isn't that just like murphy's law? The deceased's grandson was so
very excited and truly showed no awareness all this time about the
fact that his father was adopted. And today (before I actually read
the will) when I spoke to his wife she couldn't wait to read it.
And now, I absolutely do not want to spring this on them.
> If it comes down to it, I'll just tell them the old Greek in
cursive script was just to difficult for me to read. I'll make them
a copy if they ask and play dumb and lay low I guess. What a mess
> but as I said to my friend, it's nice to trim down the tree
sometimes especially after such an unlikely and lucky discovery
> (the man in the will lived from 1846-1927)
> Good Luck all!
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