Saturday, August 28, 2021

Summer of 28

Are you on Chuck and I have a couple of trees that we dabble with sometimes.

Back in 2015 I got an email from a woman who was curious about the picture of her grandma on my page. Come to find out J and I are related to 'grandma's' sons.

I'm a part of Bob's line and she is from his brother Bud's.

She emailed me the other day saying she was going to submit 2 books to historical societies back east and could she use some of my pictures.


Then she writes, 'This might interest you. I recently learned your grandpa took a road trip with his cousin, Aunt, and Uncle when he was only 20. They drove cross country in 1928, some of the earliest travelers to do so. I have some of the letters his cousin wrote to her mom while on that trip and I've dedicated some of the pages in the book to the Summer of 1928 and will include the letters.'

Then I wrote:

"I have pictures of that road trip! I've always wondered who they were and what they were doing!"

She was stunned! "You leave me astounded that you have the actual photos of the 1928 trip!"

I've spent most of today scanning them all and have sent them to her. It's just amazing to me that we connected, all because of that photo of my grandma! Actually, J's grandma, my great-grandma! 

Thought I'd share some of the photos with you. They drove from Massachusetts to California. And in fact, the last photo says they are in Tijuana, Mexico!


Terri D said...

Oh my goodness, what fun!! Yes, I have a tree on Ancestry but dropped membership for now. I will get back to it one day. It is fun getting messages from relatives you didn't know you had. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. I am sure they will be well received in your relative, J. Do please keep us posted!! xo

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Oh how exciting! I love it when people connect this way on Ancestry! Your pictures are wonderful! I love the clothes, the cars, and everything about them! Yes, I am still on Ancestry, and made some amazing discoveries last year as I researched my Grandmother's birth parents. She was adopted, but through my DNA test I was able to figure out who her birth parents were and I made some connections with their descendants. Of course they were shocked and skeptical of me, and I am still praying someone will send me some pictures of my great-grandparents. They have not been quite as forthcoming. But it was still a great discovery and I am so happy I did it. Don't you just wish sometimes you could go back in time and talk to these people? I wonder what they'd think of us! LOL. Thank you for sharing this with us. What a wonderful discovery for you and your distant relative!

Regina said...

My sister is on and my long lost brother( its too complicated to explain) found her! And we were able to find other relatives on my moms side of the family.

betty said...

That is so cool! And the pictures from way back then are really neat! Glad you could make the connection between those pictures and that trip! I can't tell you how many pictures we shredded after hubby's parents died as we had no idea who was in them.

I am not on I had an aunt who has passed who was very interested in putting together our family tree. Not sure anyone stepped up to take her place in it.

Both my kids are adopted and in their 30s. We always said we would help them find their birth parents/families after they turned 18. Both seemed to be ready this year to find them. Found my daughter's birth mom (no dad listed on birth certificate) and my son's birth parents. Its not my story to share so I won't but not all findings are happy ones. Anyway, our intent is one day soon to do the to see if son can make connections with any birth relatives as he has some health problems and some may or may not be hereditary. I have a friend who found through that her father had a one night stand with a lady who ended up pregnant and the child of that one night stand found her biological dad (my friend's dad) through using One I think has to be careful with what they might find when using such a service.


Doris said...

How interesting! The photos are a treasure. I've never done anything to find ancestry. In high school my sister did some research the hard way (only way possible back then!) on our mother's family. She still has all the paperwork from that.

ellen b. said...

Well that's cool for you to learn all this interesting history.

Susan said...

Those are great pictures. I have pictures of my great great grandparents. Two brothers married two sisters. I am on Ancestry but have not used it much lately. Enjoy your time off!

Jeanie said...

This is the kind of post and story I just love! People connecting, shared family, sharing info and docs. The photos are spectacular. Well done to have them and be able to share!