As expected, many times the person is the tree is a VERY distant relative. And while the recipient is grateful, they aren’t necessarily reunited with a long lost ancestor. But that’s okay, I still kept doing it. Recently I was contacted by a woman whom I had sent and email to regarding someone in her tree. While it wasn’t a close relative – it got her thinking of something else. She and a cousin had been creating a labor of love of their own. She had found their great-grandmother’s travel diary of her trip to Ohio in 1922/23. It was a wealth of information on the people and happenings in Ohio during that time. They lovingly transcribed it, researched every individual her great-grandmother mentioned (over 500!) and created an amazingly easily searchable document.
The next step was how to get it out there? How to connect with people who might be interested in what was in that diary. A daunting task. They contacted genealogy libraries and had a few who took them up on housing it. But they also believed that UnclaimedAncestors.com could be a good online addition to help spread the news.
I agreed! We’ve recently added Wealthy Harp’s diary to the UnclaimedAncestors site. I hope that anyone researching Ohio in the early twenties will take a look at it. There is also a list of names that can be searched to see if you might have an ancestor mentioned in the diary. I’m so happy to have the addition!
I’ve also recently teamed up with several Ebay sellers who have vintage photographs for sale. If I can find out who the person or people are then I will repost the pictures on UnclaimedAncestors, provide a link to the Ebay sale, and contact the current families through Ancestry.com. I hope this results is more and more people being able to connect with their past.