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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Remember Me

I discovered a big box of loose family photos and began the process of identifying the persons. To my horror I discovered that I had not written the names on the reverse sides. Oh my! Of course it took all evening, but the job is accomplished for my grandchildren. It is a good idea to go through these things periodically. I remember how I felt when I visited relatives and they could not identify all of their collection. I found tintypes of two young men. Considering that each came from the maternal and paternal grandparents, logic dictated that these persons were lineal progenitors. So what I did was have negatives made and then printed. Then, I took the photographs of my great-grandfathers and traced around their face and jowls, removing lines, etc. The tintypes were the younger versions of the same persons! Sometimes I receive an excited letter that one of the photos posted on one of the websites is that persons ancestor. The thrill lies in the fact that there was after all an existing photo of their ancestor! I have posted some of my personal families on Remember me If you have any you wish to share with others, I will be happy to add it to the website.

Jeannette Holland Austin, author of over 100 genealogy books
Georgia Pioneers

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