Researching Family History: Going the extra mile led to man receiving treasure trove of family genealogy information

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  • lp5542 Paris, IL
    Feb. 25, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    I was visiting my daughter in Michigan and the house across the street went up for auction. The lady was in a nursing home and all her personal pictures were being sold along with all her things. Her granddaughter is a friend of my daughters. So I went ahead and offered an amount for the pictures and they took the offer.

    I gave the pictures to the ladies granddaughter. There were wedding pictures, from the girls parents, grandparents and on back to her great-great grandparents. From those pictures I helped her piece her family history together.

    I just couldn't see someone not in the family get these pictures.
    Such a treasure trove would have been lost. I almost didn't go to the auction but something told me to go it would be worth it. The look on the girls face was worth every penny I spent. I would do it again as I would want someone to do it for me.

  • GeoMan SALEM, OR
    Feb. 20, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    The thought that comes to my mind is this: in 20 years will similar people be able to "perceive" the value of digital records sitting in the future equivalent of a hard drive? The records we tend to create today are so invisible, so easily cast aside, and so easily sent to electronic oblivion.
    To me the message is that digital is fine for extending the depth and breadth of records but that all digital records need to be associated with tangible objects that can, through visual and tactile means, convey the meaning of the invisible.

  • lledwards38 Canandaigua, NY
    Feb. 20, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    I often see beautiful old velvet covered albums in antique stores. The pictures inside are not identified. I wonder who they are. It breaks my heart that there was no one in the family, or perhaps no family who cared about these treasures. I wish they were mine.

    Years ago my aunt was antiquing in San Francisco and found a picture which was identified as my great grandmother as a young woman. We believe that her brothers had settled in that area when they came to this country. We have no idea how it got to that store, but are grateful that it wasn't tossed, or found by someone else.