Dear Uncle Selah,
Since I know I will never get around to publishing the whole family tree, and because everyone rolls their eyes when I start speaking "family history", and because I know you enjoyed reading and writing and, it would appear, words in general, I am writing to you wherever you are so that I can share my feelings, discoveries and frustrations in dealing with the Beal Family and all it's branches and allied families.
You see ever since I read a copy of your journal ( 1833 - 1866) and then transcribed it for those of us here in the 21st century, well, I know you pretty well. And we DO share the same birthday. So you of all people will understand me. I'm not sure how often I will write - I get awfully busy sometimes- but I will try to be fairly dilligent.
It is December 31st in the year 2011. At midnight a new year begins. We shall start on the 1st day of 2012.
Your 5th great grand Niece