Hieronder ziet u een ‘printscreen’ van een deel van een blog, onlangs geplaatst door de host van de ‘Genetti Family Geneaology’ website. Daaronder de volledige transcriptie van het blog. De tekst spreekt voor zich. Het is in het Engels. Ik ga er van uit dat dat geen probleem is. ‘G.’, dat ben ik zei de gek.– Every
week I receive emails from cousins near and far. Many have family stories or
photos to share with me. But an email I received last week, was truly unusual
in nature! It came from a gentleman named G. who lives in The Netherlands. G.
tracked down our family website via search, because he was intrigued by the
name on a mailbox! I love this story – how a total stranger from another
country connect to our family through a photo taken 36 years ago on a trek
through the American southwest. Here is G.’s email. I’m sure you’ll find his
tale totally charming!

“My name
is G. from The Netherlands. In 1980 I traveled the western part of the U.S.
with two of my best friends. After our U.S. visit I have been so fortunate to
see much more of the globe between 1980 and the present day. Most of my travels
were before digital photography and part of the heritage of my travels is a
collection of 26,000 slides. A couple of years back I started digitizing
(scanning) my nicest and/or most interesting slides (in random travel order).
It is a very time consuming process, but the reward is huge. I ‘live’ it all
once more and my collection is preserved for ever, also in ‘the cloud’.

You must
be wondering what all this has to do with you. I will explain. I am presently
scanning the slides of my 1980 visit I mentioned above. One of them was taken
in Wyoming along a desolate road. My two friends are standing next to the car
in the distance. In the forefront of the picture there are a number of typical
US mailboxes we don’t see in Europe. After scanning, removing dust &
scratches and executing other improvements, I noticed a name on the nearest box:
Herman Genetti.

For some
reason his name intrigued me and I started a search on the internet where I
came across your ‘The Genetti Family Genealogy Project’. After some reading and
surfing on your very impressive website (my compliments!), I am almost convinced
the mailbox must have belonged to the Herman Angelo Genetti who wrote ‘Herman’s
Howling’s’, the book which is mentioned on your website. Since slides do not
contain any meta data, I have been doing some more puzzling. The picture was
taken in southern direction on October 4, 1980, along road 189, somewhere in
the La Barge, Wyoming surroundings, where Herman used to live, as far as I
figure.

Why I
have been doing the search I can not explain. Maybe because my wife’s aunt is
also from Southern Tirol (Quero, near Belluno). Her aunt owns a very famous Ice
Parlor in The Hague and we have visited Italy very often. We have a ‘thing’ for
Italy I suppose. I don’t know. Of course I told my wife about the above and she
suggested I should tell you my little story and send you the picture. So here
we are. I do not know if my story is of any interest to you, so please do with
it what you like.

Of
course, you will find ‘the’ 1980 slide scan, the trigger for all this, attached
to this mail.”

I agree
with G. – this must have been Herman Genetti’s mailbox located along the side
of the road in La Barge, Wyoming!

Our
thanks to G. for sharing this story with us! I hope one day to visit he and his
wife in The Netherlands – and we will raise a toast to our ancestor, Herman
Genetti! –