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Posted 1/11/2013 by Doe-Doe in General Scrappin'

Georgia Peach

PeaNut 12,636
March 2001
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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:37:07 AM
I've got the task of doing something with my mom's old pictures. She passed away 2 years ago this past June. Her and I had put some of her old pictures in albumsand she wrote on them who they were. We worked on it for about 2 winters, when we had time to do them. But now I'm finding pictures we didn't work on with no names on the back. Some of them are children and I have no ideal who they are.

Any suggestions what to do with them?



PeaNut 113,955
October 2003
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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:41:29 AM
I would check with other family members or other peers to see if they can help you identify people. If I couldn't figure out anyone in the picture, I would probably throw them away.


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May 2009
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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:52:40 AM
do a collage

Love Peace Health and Happiness to you...Rosey


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November 2002
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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:55:36 AM
About 10 years ago, I went through photos with my great aunt and she helped me identify most of them. I made an album with those.

Then many years later, I got a letter from a "2nd cousin once removed" whom I had never met. He was doing a genealogy for his family and asked me a question about one of my family members.

We e-mailed back and forth for several months and he was able to tell me who all the other people were and many interesting stories about them.

He was very happy to have copies the pictures whose names I didn't know and I learned all their names and their stories.

So never give up!

And the King will tell them, when you did it to one of the least of these,you were doing it to me.



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December 2004
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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:08:24 PM

If I couldn't figure out anyone in the picture, I would probably throw them away.

I would never do this. After my grandparents died my Mum inherited a suitcase full of old family photos. We knew who about 20% of them were. Some time later I started doing some genealogy stuff prompted by a Jessica Sprague class and started on Ancestry.com. One night I received an email from someone who noticed that I was researching one of her grandmother's sisters. She put me in touch with several other people including a distant relative who works at the state genealogy society and has done extensive research on our family. Through him we have found out who many of the unknown people were - the suitcase even included photos of his own father and father's brother - some he had seen and some he had not. It turned out that my grandmother had ended up with the family collection of photos after her mother died. My favourite reunion of photos and people was being able to give one of my distant aunts two photographs of her as a baby. She had a vague recollection of the photos, which she hadn't seen in over 50 years, and as soon as she described them I knew we had them in our collection.

It has been two years since I caught up with him and shared our photos and I still get occasional emails saying he has tracked down who another mystery person is.

If you don't know what to do with the photos you have, just store them safely in an out of the way spot. You never know when someone might come along who can give you the answers.


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