Family history moments: Library contact

On my previous trips to the Salt Lake City area I was lucky to eke out part of a day to do research at the Family History Library. So in making plans for this trip I scheduled four full days. I had three family lines in which I had encountered brick walls in relatively the same part of the country and time frame, but I had particularly felt inspired to focus on the Albaugh line. I wrote a cousin in Wisconsin with whom I had been communicating about this line and told her of my intention.

June 10, 2003, found me searching for all of the items I had located online in the Family History Library Catalog when doing my preparation for the trip. I felt like a kid in a candy store and was having a great deal of success.

The next morning the library was a beehive of activity. I was totally focused on my Albaugh research when a young woman working with her back to me at a computer in the next row wheeled her chair over and asked, "Are you researching the Albaughs?"

I said yes, and she exclaimed, "I'm an Albaugh!"

She had happened to see the name on my computer monitor. We were trying to overcome our disbelief, when, in further conversation, we discovered my great-great-grandfather, Isaac R. Albaugh, and her great-great-grandmother, Eliza Albaugh Loss, were brother and sister, I had found a new cousin, Mary Ann Loss.

It was a thrilling, goose-bump moment. She is a retired major from the U.S. Army Reserve presently living in California, and had extended a business trip to do some research on our family. Not a member of the Church, she had been engaged in family research only since the first of the year.

Our amazing find quickly traveled among the volunteers at the library. We had our laptops with us and provided each other with past research. A volunteer attached herself to us and found some outstanding pictures and other information for us.

We had one more fruitful day together at the library and an evening at the Conference Center, listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, before saying goodbye. Needless to say we have since been communicating to exchange newfound information. — Carlene DeMaso, Battle Creek, Michigan

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