She was a beautiful, young Irish maid, working in a wealthy English household. Her employer’s oldest son fell in love with her. When he announced intentions to marry her, his parents said they would disown him. He married her anyway. Then, bride and groom ran away to live happily ever after. “Her name was Mary Cordial,” my maternal grandmother Marilyn Matilda Dietz told me, that distinct glimmer of pleasure in her eyes—the one she always had when she retold this story. “And you are her legacy.”

This blog is a resource for those who want to--have to--find out more about who they came from.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Blog Renamed

This blog will now be known by the name of my first post: Finding Mary Cordial. It's fitting, I think, as Mary was the reason why I began my search for family.

I’m still interested in hearing about your best genealogical find. What was it? Where was it? How did you find it? How did it rock your world? What new questions did it raise? Email me at, and you might see your tale posted here.

I’m looking forward to hearing your stories.