Genealogy Research Photos

Lost Relatives – Found

In 2011 I started scanning old photos that my mom had saved. One person seemed to show up a lot and it was a friend of Mom’s that she knew growing up.  When she shows up in my mom’s photos from her wedding I decide that she must have been someone special and I needed to get these photos back to her family.  

Photo taken at Mom’s wedding February 27, 1953 at her brothers home in Eastaboga, Alabama. Mom is on the left and her best friend Mary Elizabeth Hicks in on the right.

I posted those photos online in 2011 in hopes that someone would find them. After no such luck I started digging again in May 2017. First up was some research on Ancestry.com. I located an obituary from 1959, just 6 years from the last photo I have of Mary Elizabeth.  I started searching harder on Ancestry.com and located someone mentioned in the newspaper article I’d found earlier.   During my search I was lucky enough to trace the same person down on Ancestry.com via a family tree listing for Mary Elizabeth.  And then I sent the email.  I really didn’t expect an answer, but later that day I did receive a response..   After exchanging several email I determined this was in fact the grand-daughter of the woman in the photos with my mom. I shared the photos she’d never seen with her and she said I had made her day.  Given a little time, even lost photos can find their way back home to their family.  That day I stepped away from my computer smiling.

 

The full set of photos can be seen here:  Lost Photos Find Their Home