The Scrappin Genealogist

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

So many people

Through this journey of mine to climb the family tree, I have met so many wonderful people. People who see my family tree at and want to share information/photos/documents etc. It's been a wonderful experience sharing what I have with others.

Recently, I received an email from a lady who is researching the Wooten line for her cousin. She saw a photo that I have on my account of my ggg grandmother and realized that her cousin was also a descendant. We've been in touch and I'm so excited to share what I have with her. You see, when my great grandma passed away in 1989, my uncle had planned to throw a big box of "junk" away. But, seeing that it had documents and such in it, my aunt suggested that he give it to me. It was a treasure trove of genealogical information!! I can't believe he wanted to throw it away.

In the box contained letters that my ggg grandparents wrote to each other while he was serving in the civil war. It contained their marriage license, and two telegrams informing her of his passing. The photo that I mentioned above was also in that box along with some other things including his hat from the civil war. I guess it's true that one man's junk is another woman's treasure. LOL

Anyway, my next few days will consist of scanning the already printed letters (I printed them off once so as not to handle the originals too much) and sending them to her.

So, my advice would be this - never be too shy to reach out to someone while researching your genealogy. You never know who you'll meet or what you'll come across.


Jane said...

We also have a box of family letters from the early 1800s onward. Our ggg grandparents came over from Scotland and settled in Vermont. What a treasure these old letters are! Its amazing to sit down with the family and read them aloud.

Im Jane, one of your WebTech students, the one with the Yellow Lab, Lilly.

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