Because I’ve been so interested in genealogy lately, my friends near and far have been asking me to do some digging into their backgrounds. Down in Alabama, I have a friend who’s always been extremely curious about his heritage. His mother was adopted and he doesn’t have much information on her side of the family, so he’s extremely close with his dad’s family.
His dad was born and raised in the South, which is why they’ve lived there since my friend was born. His dad works as an attorney and spends his time helping injured victims obtain settlement money for car accidents and stuff. Unfortunately, when my friend asked his dad about his heritage, his dad didn’t know much. That’s when I came into the picture.
I was excited to find a lot of information about my friend’s genealogy. His dad was surprised to find out that he comes from a long line of lawyers! My friend’s third cousin has a private practice of his own in Florida and my friend’s great grandfather was a judge in Birmingham. Apparently, seeking justice and practicing litigation is a southern tradition in this family.
Where Does the Apple Fall?
They always say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. After I let my friend know about his family’s litigation background, it wasn’t long before he started getting interested in the law as well. He had been a school teacher for years and hadn’t felt fully fulfilled by his position. His father never pressured him to follow in his footsteps, and I don’t think my friend ever considered being a lawyer until he realized it may be in his blood.
He’s now applying to law school and I’ve never seen him with so much energy for life—the law is his passion. He’s now hoping to become an Alabama personal injury lawyer. I’m so glad I was able to help my friend and share this information with him. I never would’ve known that learning about his lineage would lead him in the direction of his future.
Hopefully, I can continue to do more genealogical research for my friends and find out how the past will inspire future generations to come. It doesn’t hurt that I’m enjoying the investigation aspect of this job as well! I feel like a detective just waiting to solve more cases. With that being said, another mission accomplished. This is Willo: over and out.