August 15, 2000

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Genealogy Today Discovers the Meaning of Serendipity is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Serendipity project founded by Joanne Barun, operator of The Gene Pool web site. This project is a collection of unique stories submitted by genealogists about their most surprising research discoveries.

"After spending time with other genealogists at the local genealogy libraries and online, I came to realize that we all love to talk about the odd little things that happen to us while we are researching our past," commented Joanne. "There are books out there on the subject, but I didn't see a place online for researchers to share their experiences."

Interesting stories like: a failed cemetery search ends in a major discovery when their car breaks down in front of an ancestor's grave; or a researcher finds an elusive relative when he bumps a microfiche reader and finds them indexed under the wrong name; or a woman studying land records discovers that her own house is on the same land her family once owned!

"These stories highlight the often mysterious side of genealogy, " explained Illya D'Addezio, owner of the web site. "I was amazed when reading some of the articles; it's interesting to see how some researchers found their roots purely by accident."

Serendipity has been in operation since September of 1996, and includes over forty articles. Visitors to Genealogy Today may submit their own stories via an online form.

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About Joanne Rabun
Joanne Todd Rabun is a professional web designer and amateur genealogist. She has always been interested in U.S. history and computer-related endeavors. Her family history is full of colorful and interesting characters who played critical roles in our nation's history. She is currently doing extensive research in early French parish and civil records. She can be reached at

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