• Pulled the church records on microfilm and, ta da, there was my great-grandmother's birth record! Discovered I was born on the same day. Learned so much about her family, going back many generations.
• Found others researching the same family on Ancestry.com. Connected with them via email, sharing photos and information.
• Travelled to the little town in Germany in 2002, with my mom, aunt and brother. We met distant cousins, the mayor and a newspaper reporter who documented our visit.
• Corresponded over the years with our German cousins, who shared more photos and a history of the town with references to our shared ancestors.
And the story continues. This past weekend, one of my American first-cousins spent a day in the little town and met the current generation of distant cousins.
All of this because I scanned a photo.
Maybe you don't have time to research what's in the photo now. Or to connect with others who might know who is who. OK, that's fine. Tuck it away electronically, or email it off to someone who would be interested. Just don't throw it away!
Laura Clark Murray
I help people capture and expand the knowledge of their family history, and guide them on using online research to find the stories of their ancestors.
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