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You never know where genealogy will take you. While browsing archived messages on a Shore family e-mail list, I found a reference to a book written by a woman I met more than 30 years ago. At the time of our one-and-only meeting, she seemed incredibly ancient and a little squirrelly. In retrospect, I'd guess that she was probably about as old as I am now. Her name was Leo Jane Shore — and she was smart as a whip.

Leo Jane lived for genealogy. She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution and just about every other lineage society you could think of. We were related through a third-great-grandfather. But on the day we met, I didn't ask a single family tree question. So you can imagine my chagrin when I found that e-mail message about her book, which traces our mutual line back to 17th-century Switzerland. How I wished I could have our meeting back!

Thankfully, the genealogy fairy was watching out for me. Through the Shore mailing list, I managed to track down a copy of Leo Jane's book, and from it, began piecing together what had always been a challenging part of my family puzzle.

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