A multitude of photos with no names attached!
I have an abundance of old family photos, which I assembled while on my last trip to Ireland in the summer of 2012. With over 3,000 images: family photos, documents and the necessary grave stone photos from a variety of family cemeteries; I certainly had/have my work cut out for me! It was a very successful genealogical trip; one on which I visited with my “living family” as well. I am very grateful to my extended family; as I would never have had the information I do, if they weren’t scouring their attics for boxes of photos and memorabilia.
Once I returned home, and the reality of real life and returning to work set in; I managed to squeeze in as much time as possible to sort through the “piles”. Diligently and with great excitement I’ve been working through the images and adding them to my family tree as I discover who they are. Being able to put a “face to a name” of an ancestor whose life I had been piecing together and seeing a story of… well, it was beyond exciting; it brought them to life for me; if only for a moment.
Many “Faces Without A Name” remain. My sentiments for my nameless ancestors change on a daily basis; the emotions often changing from one hour to the next. It’s a wide range of feelings; sadness in not knowing who they are and therefore the life they lived; frustration that no one thought to write a name on the back; and excitement! Most certainly, excitement; which energizes me, knowing that someday, somehow… I WILL put a name to the faces!
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