Family Connections – A Reflection

I suddenly became aware, following my telephone conversation on Friday that I had with Edith’s Grandchild, that on this particular line the descendant path stops here. For some strange reason I felt a degree of sadness and to be honest I have thought and reflected quite a bit on the conversation.

I offered to share the details,documents and photos but this was politely declined because quite simply no emotional connection was felt to Edith as a Grandmother, who was deceased before this Grandchild was born. Truly I am saddened.

I looked again at my Jelley family research and even though it is believed there are further descendants through the other child of Edith’s,  I suspect that there will be little interest, even if I successfully manage to locate them,

This conversation had been my first major breakthrough on this line in many years and this conversation is certainly the first between descendants of Edith and descendants of Edith’s brother John in around 100 years.

As I sat and wrote up my journal for Friday making notes of the conversation and recording the information gleaned, I decided that I shall share the details with the Jelley one name study, but the feeling of sadness remains. Illogical it might be, but fact it is.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationary & History; Surnames, European Ancestors, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies, Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies and surname courses.
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4 Responses to Family Connections – A Reflection

  1. You are right, as on Tuesday I received a telephone call from this person, who had spent the time since Friday thinking about what we had discussed and looking through photographs, so that I think is a little bit of success.

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  2. Thanks Kristin and Pauleen for commening. After the conversation I was quite sad that there was no real interest, however. On Tuesday I received a telephone call from this person, who had spent the time since Friday thinking about what we had discussed and looking through photographs, so that I think is a little bit of success.

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  3. It is sad when something we find so important isn't an emotion shared by others. Maybe as they reflect on your conversation they may change their mind, and if not, as Kristin says, perhaps another descendant will feel the significance.

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  4. Kristin says:

    I don't think it's illogical. It's too bad there was no interest in the information but good that you were able to talk. Somewhere down the line another descendent may find the information you leave behind and find it interesting.

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