And then two weeks ago, I stumbled upon a distant relative on Facebook and we made plans to meet up where the photograph was taken: Pentwater, Mich. We had not seen each other in more than 40 years. While I was visiting, he took out his grandmothers photo albums and there it wasthe original of the copy I had, plus two more photos in the series. I now know the photos were taken April 8, 1917, and enjoy having digital copies of all three.
I definitely enjoyed and found very useful the article Fancy Free in the September 2010 issue. Regarding the section Great Britain Expectations, however, Ireland has not been part of Great Britain since 1922. The section should have been called Great Britain and Ireland. It took the Irish people over 800 years to be free, and Id like to see this reflected in your publication.
Editors note: Thanks to the readers who pointed this out. We regret the oversight.
I wanted to share a gem I found: www.monroecountyhistory.org/indexdata.php. If only all county genealogy societies did something like this! The nominal copying charges allowed me to venture out on a couple family branches I was unsure about. They were quick to respond about my inquiries. I learned so much just from the search, let alone the records I ordered. I think it should be a model for other organizations.
The 1912 dictating machine in the September 2010 Family Archivist brought back memories of working in the transcribing department of the John Hancock Insurance Co. office in 1950. One of the jobs of the office boys was to shave the cylinders.
Fast-forward 25 yearsafter raising a family, I began a career as a court reporter, using the latest version of the stenograph machine (now laughably outdated). Now retired, Im typing this on my new wireless laptop. Weve come a long way!
I just have to comment on your August 2010 article Endangered Sources. When my grandmother died in 1987, my cousin had control of the estate and was throwing everything out. An uncle said that if I wanted the photos, I should take them and run, and I did. Rescued! Going through the hundreds of photos with my dad, he kept asking about the old 1890 photos his dad had saved. They werent there.
Then in 2000 my cousin bought another house and the realtor found old photos in the atticmy cousin didnt want them and said to just throw them out. But the realtor didnt and was fascinated with this family captured in the old photos. She posted info about them online and in July 2000, I connected with her. More photos rescued!
Now Im trying to convince a neighbor putting together a family album not to throw away those photos she cant identify, especially the old photos. She says no one in the family knows who these people are, so theyre going out. I hope to convince her to let me post them online to find someone who may have information on the people in the photos. Through Ancestry.com , Ive found member family trees with photos that helped me identify ancestors.