What Are You Looking At?

Before you reach conclusions or create a story, get your facts straight.

Years ago, I was given a baptismal certificate for a relative. My 3rd great-grandparents were the sponsors. Their names were on the certificate. As I held the document in my hand, I thought of how neat it was that I was holding a piece of paper that my ancestors may have touched or at the very least might have been nearby when it was being created.

It was some time later when I read the item more carefully. It was not a certificate made out when the baptism took place. It was on the certificate the pastor had created a few years after the fact.

It was still an interesting document and one I am glad to have. But it’s not quite what I thought it was.

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