Monday, November 28, 2011

Musings On A Munday Some People are Just Really Nice

While working on my Evingham/Smith/Gilpin lines in Buffalo County Nebraska I've spent a lot of time on the USGenWeb Project for Buffalo County, Nebraska. The county coordinator for the site is Mona Houser and she has been amazingly helpful to me. The site contains a wealth of information and Mona always responds to me quickly. You can tell she truly enjoys participating in the GenWeb Project and goes above and beyond to help! She not only looks up what I ask for, she looked in other books index to see if there was anything else I might want and there was. Thank you Mona I really appreciate all of your help!

On this same site was a link to the Fort Kearney Genealogical Society. I knew they had access to marriage books for the 1800's in Buffalo County, that were indexed on the Buffalo County site. I sent an email to the address listed on the site and requested two marriage records, one from 1885 and one from 1887. When I hadn't received any type of reply after three weeks I thought that this must be one of those small societies that only check their email once a month, so I settled into wait.  Then about four weeks after I sent the email I received an envelope from June (I won't use her last name as it's not published on their site) with copies of both of the marriage records I requested! Of course I was very excited but what had me dancing was one of the marriage records showed the mother's maiden name and we all know how valuable that little tidbit is!

I printed a copy of my original email and wrote a note on the back thanking June and letting her know how much I appreciated her help. The next week I received a thank you note in the mail from June. SHE was thanking ME for my note. She said that she was glad to know that something she had done as a volunteer had helped someone else and that made her feel like she was doing something worthwhile.

How cute is that?? How nice is that? How many times does that happen?

Some people are just really nice.


  1. That is so sweet! I am so very thankful that volunteers exist. We're better for them. :)

  2. Very cute. Extremely nice. And hopefully more often than we realize! You need to be added to the list too - the world needs more thank you notes. Thanks for such warm fuzzy post. :o)

  3. It's nice to read a happy story! Thanks for posting. Happy holidays!

  4. So nice! I think the more we are helpful, nice, do what we can for others, it comes back to us. And it never hurts to say thank you in various ways.

  5. Thank you for posting this wonderful story! It's always good to be reminded that volunteers play such a valuable role in our research. Three cheers for volunteers!!