It only took a moment for Bertha Hamby Roquemore to know that a tattered, 19th-century Bible that turned up at a hospital book drive belonged to her family. "That's my Daddy's handwriting," the 93-year-old woman said as she examined the leather-bound New Testament, published in 1888.
Staffers at Rockdale Hospital east of Atlanta had been searching for an owner since the Bible arrived at a book drive in January. People as far away as Alaska had claimed ownership since an article about the book was published.
But only Roquemore could prove it. She provided the hospital with a detailed list of births, deaths and weddings in her family that matched the handwritten records scribbled inside the Bible.