Back in the early 1990s my grandfather travelled to England and discussed his family tree with his sister. He wrote a letter to my parents, my siblings, and myself outlining the tree back to one set of my great great great great grandparents. My parents saved the letter and about ten years later I came across it. I had a small interest in seeing what was available online. It was fortunate that I found FamilySearch and the 1881 British Census. We talk about serendipity a lot in genealogy, but how often do we think that what brought us to our occupation/hobby/craze is serendipitous?