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FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY EXPERIENCE

Judy Lockhart reported the following experience that happened to her while serving a mission in the Joseph Smith memorial building in January 2002. She said a man about 70 approached her asking for an opinion on two family group sheets that appeared to be on the same man, Hans Nillson. Both were born on the same day in Sweden in 1817. He told her the following story. "I came home from Australia in October. My daughter met us at the airport, and told me that she had solved a 10 year genealogical quest while I was gone. I told her to wait to tell me because I was so tired from our trip. As days went by we never did talk about how she had solved the problem. In December my daughter died, unexpectedly in her sleep. I went to her journal to see if I could find the story. In the journal she wrote that she was determined to solve this, and went one day to the Family History Library. She was standing at the desk on the International Floor, telling one of the staff about her problem. A little old man was standing next to her. He said, 'I know this family. I can help you.'"

"He walked with her to where her papers were, and pointing at one name said, 'This is your ancestor. He was my neighbor.' "She replied that the man he had indicated could not be the ancestor because he did not have any children, per her knowledge. The man replied, 'He had two daughters. They died on board a ship.' She looked at her papers, and when she looked up again, the man was gone. He was indicating that a family that had lived over 150 years ago had been his neighbors! She hired professional researchers in Sweden to check what the man had told her, and they verified everything he said." This man was ready to continue his daughter's research. (Judy Lockhart, Speech at MVII Ward 10/20/02).

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