A few months ago I sent a DNA sample off to a service. I’ve done genealogy for years since my late Mother in Law encouraged me to start. When I first began the journey I knew only my immediate grandparents names. Three of my four grandparents had already passed away when I was 30. It seemed an impossible task. My parents are from the Midwest and while writing and requesting records I found a few relatives that had even more information. There was no internet then. Type or write a letter, wait for response. A time consuming process for sure. Over the years I traced and connected all my family lines back to Europe. I had a sister in law from one of the countries and she went directly to a church and found family records back hundreds of years. Our French line is now traced back to the 1500’s.
To make a long story short I thought I had all I would ever find. UNTIL someone who had also been tested thru that same service requested contact. According to the service there was a high chance we were second cousins. No one can see your information unless you allow it. I allowed the message contact and nothing else. We exchanged emails and found out our grandmothers were sisters! Since then she has put me in touch with her mom and dad. Her mom and my dad were first cousins. They have sent me a treasure trove of information.
I have so many pictures from my grandmothers scrapbooks. These scrapbooks were found after my dad passed away. They were in black garbage backs in an outdoor storage shed with lots of water damage. I salvaged quite a bit including a lock of my dad’s hair. I am putting them into an album in my FOREVER Storage account. I have made it where they can access my grandmothers photos. Pictures are labeled with what my grandmother had written and now saved for my kids and other family who want to enjoy them.
So where are your precious photos? Have you ever thought that the pictures you take today will be tomorrows heirlooms? How are you ensuring that future generations have your images and who is in those images? Secure those pictures in a safe place as you enjoy making those memories.