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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Forgotten Family - Part I: The Photographs


I began this story almost 10 years ago while flying home from my first genealogy research trip. This trip, with my distant cousin, Sharon, began in Texas on September 5th and was to end on September 11, 2001. I was in the Dallas/ Fort Worth airport when the planes went down.  All U.S. airports were closed and Sharon and I remained in the Dallas area until September 14.  I was nervous about flying home to Virginia and as a distraction, wrote about the events leading up to my trip and of the journey that we made during those 10 days in September. 

Please note that I have omitted the last names of anyone involved in my search to protect the privacy of those who are still living.  



The Photographs



Cousin Jackie sent me over 100 photographs; most not labeled.  There were baby pictures, a wedding picture, pictures of school children, my aunts, and my favorite, a studio portrait of four young children (right). My father identified a few of the unlabeled photographs as his sisters, but suggested the unthinkable; throw the remaining pictures away.

I had no close ties to Dad’s family. His parents died when he was young and he was raised by his older sisters in faraway Borger, Texas. When I received the photos, the only living descendants of my grandparents were Dad, his children, Cousin Jackie, and her two children. However, with much persistence, I was able to identify more than half of the unlabeled pictures; acquiring additional photographs and much, much, more in the process.  My subsequent posts will tell about the search for the identities of the pictures. 


Diana

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