That’s My Grandpa: Finding Loved Ones in Historical Documents chronicles a delightful example of genealogical happenstance. While working on the processing floor of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Michelle Dubert-Bellrichard was approached by a co-worker with a document containing her last name.
Courtesy Archival Outlook, Society of American ArchivistsThe record was a petition for aid for which a Nettie Bellrichard had applied in 1916. Michelle, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, had never heard of Nettie Bellrichard. Michelle recalls: