Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The One (Genealogy Record) That Got Away

Several years ago, I came across a vital record of an ancestor of mine... one Sobestyan Baron. I don't remember exactly what kind of record it was. It was definitely a Polish church record that I'd found on an LDS microfilm. But I don't know if it was a baptismal, marriage, or death record. What stands out in my mind (and I can picture this very clearly) was the elaborate script used and the fact that what ever happened to Sobestyan Baron was witnessed by a nobleman... not a common occurrence for members on my family tree. In fact this was the only instance in all the records I've looked at.

I remember that this particular record was from back in the 1700s, and I remember taking a digital photo of it. But I'll be darned if I can find it. I've gone back to the films twice, combing over them but I can't find this particular record of Sobestyan again. It's not that I can't find any records of him. I have one, a marriage record (for his second marriage). But I can't find the one with the elaborate script that I remember.

I'm not in the habit of losing, or mislabeling my digital photos. In all the years I've been doing genealogy research, I can't think of another instance where I lost or mislabeled a digital photo. I'm not perfect, so of course it's possible that I mislabeled it. But I've looked through my document photos so many times trying to find it I can't imagine how I could have missed it. The other possibility is that I accidentally deleted it. If I did, it was a couple of computers and hard drives ago and I'm not going to be able to retrieve it.

This is the record that eludes me. It's the one that got away.