The Chain Letter that Solved a Family Mystery

As many know, I have placed intense focus on one branch of the family for the past five years I have been doing genealogy: the Deans. I was thinking back today on the item that gave me the hammer to begin breaking through brick walls for this seemingly impenetrable line and shocked myself with the realization: it was an 80 year old chain letter! That’s right, a culturally superstitious piece of junk mail kept by my great-grandfather was the key to unlocking one branch of the family.

How, may you ask, is a useless piece of paper valuable to genealogy research?

More of my experience at my other site, http://newgenerationgenealogist.blogspot.com/2015/04/as-many-know-i-have-placed-intense.html 

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