Success Stories – August 2012
A cousin of my mother, a member of the Church, was fascinated by the “genealogy” and would often perform temple ordinances by proxy. She died accidentally in 1992. At her funeral, her only son, who wanted no affiliation with the church, gave my mother a box containing all that he had found at his mother’s home and that could relate to the Church. This box contained, among other things, pedigree charts and family group sheets. Shortly after, my parents went on a mission, years passed, and they forgot this famous box.
Last year, in 2011, I dreamt that this cousin came to me. I dream almost every night, but in the morning I quickly forget most of these dreams. However, the dream concerning my cousin stayed with me. Sometime later, I again dreamt that she came to me, but why? And the following week, I still dreamt that she came. I decided to pray to understand what that meant. I suddenly remembered this box delivered to my parents. I went home to see what they had done. My father, now very old, fetched the box and gave it to me, saying that he had never taken the time to check into it and that he could no longer do so. I took the box home and I went on the new.familysearch.org site to see if the ordinances had been completed for everyone listed on my tree leaves. To my surprise, none of them were included in new.family.search.org.
I spent a whole night searching through and putting all these sheets back in order, trying to understand why they were there. They were lines back several generations of cousins with the same last name: “DOUVILLE.” They were born in the same town and could both be the father of the most distant ancestor DOUVILLE contained in my new.familysearch.org tree. When my cousin died, she was most likely in the process of trying to determine who was the father of her ancestor. I have not been able to determine which one was the direct ancestor, but both are “family,” and so I decided to enter this new harvest of family ancestors in the new.familysearch.org tree who lived between roughly 1680 and 1780. I have spent quite a number of long evenings, as this represented over two hundred people. Ordinances are to date almost done. I think my cousin is satisfied because she has not returned to me in a dream.
Josiane LAZERAS , France
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