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August 15, 2000
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Genealogy Today Discovers the Meaning of Serendipity
GenealogyToday.com is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Serendipity project
founded by Joanne Barun, operator of The Gene Pool web site. This project is a collection
of unique stories submitted by genealogists about their most surprising research
"After spending time with other genealogists at the local genealogy libraries
and online, I came to realize that we all love to talk about the odd little
things that happen to us while we are researching our past," commented Joanne. "There are books out there
on the subject, but I didn't see a place online for researchers to share
Interesting stories like: a failed cemetery search ends in a major discovery when their car
breaks down in front of an ancestor's grave; or a researcher finds an elusive relative when
he bumps a microfiche reader and finds them indexed under the wrong name; or a woman studying
land records discovers that her own house is on the same land her family once owned!
"These stories highlight the often mysterious side of genealogy, " explained Illya D'Addezio, owner of the GenealogyToday.com web site.
"I was amazed when reading some of the articles; it's interesting to see how some researchers found their roots purely by accident."
Serendipity has been in operation since September of 1996, and includes over
forty articles. Visitors to Genealogy Today may submit their own stories via an online
Visit the Serendipity home page
About Joanne Rabun
Joanne Todd Rabun is a professional web designer and amateur genealogist.
She has always been interested in U.S. history and computer-related
endeavors. Her family history is full of colorful and interesting characters
who played critical roles in our nation's history. She is currently doing
extensive research in early French parish and civil records. She can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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