The word serendipity is not even defined in my 1946 Webster Collegiate Dictionary but a 1991 edition defines it as “luck, or good fortune, in finding something good accidentally” and adds that the word was first coined in 1754 by Horace Walpole in “The Three Princes of Serendip,” a fairy tale in which such discoveries were made.
An interesting website at http://www.genealogytoday.com/family/stories/serendipity.html contains remarkable stories supplied by others. Be sure to read, “An Unexpected Open House.” Do any readers have serendipitous stories to share?
At http://www.irishlivesremembered.com/magazine.html one can read a free eMagazine that is due to be made available each month. As I write this, the July issue (number 2) is featured but the June issue is available as well, and includes an article about Annie Moore, the “first immigrant to be processed in Ellis Island when it officially opened on January 1st 1892.” Anyone with Irish ancestry would enjoy his interesting and helpful publication.
Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing JBGriffis@aol.com