There are many tales of serendipity (a chance discovery) in the field of genealogy. One particular instance in my research follows:
After seeing my grandmother's obituary in the local paper, a woman named Frances Sizemore wrote to my uncle who lived in the area and said that our families were related. My cousin gave me a copy of the letter and I wrote back to the woman. Mrs. Sizemore sent me family group sheets she had completed on the Sizemore family and along with it sent a copy of a letter written by my second great grandmother, Martha Sizemore Hardy. In this letter written to her cousin, Martha mentioned a photograph of her cousin's children. Frances and I became friends and began a regular correspondence about family history until her death. I once commented to her that it would be nice to see the photograph Martha Hardy mentioned in her letter.