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.
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