from facilitating a genealogy writing workshop at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, last month: Genealogy often calls out serendipity. The experience of entering a strange cemetery and somehow walking directly to the marker you hoped to find is a not an uncommon occurrence for family historians. Nor is stumbling across one ancestor while looking for another. Or, for no particular, reason picking up a book containing the reference you need … and then immediately turning to the page with the long sought-for information. Search long enough and you may well find what you were seeking — or even a new cave passage if that is you passion.