A few years ago I was given the most beautiful gift in the world. It was shortly after I had found my Great Grandfather Ralph Henry Adamson's family. Ralph has been one of those ancestors I can't stay away from for very long. Anyways, finding his family was a very big deal to my Dad and his brother's. They didn't know anything about Ralph or his family. Like I was saying shortly after I found his family, I get an email from this very nice lady asking how I was related to Minerva Mulford Adamson. I emailed back and let her know that Minerva was my 3rd Great Grandmother. She was so excited to find a direct descendant of Minerva's. She emailed back saying she had a photo of Minerva and she would send me a digital copy and then would put the original in the mail, if I would just provide my mailing address. WELL, of course I emailed it right away and sat impatiently...I mean patiently waiting for her return email with the digital copy. When it came in I couldn't believe my eyes.
After this experience, I promised my self that if I ever came across any photo's that had names on them, I would try to find family to send them home. Two summers ago, I took a trip to see my sister who lives in Washington state. While doing the tourist thing, we stopped at an old antique shop in Bellingham, and I found quite a few photo's. I brought them home and was able to find family for a couple of them. I still have three photo's that I haven't been able to find a home for but hopefully someday, someone will come looking for them.
In the meantime, I might just post them on deadfred. :D
So the next time you are in a shop and see photo's, look to see if they are labeled in any way. And then pay it forward. Someday, when you least expect it someone might give you the surprise of a lifetime.
|Mrs. Clara Anderson|
|A. Mark Conklin|
|Thomas Howard Gaffney|