Images: Lost and Found (Click to watch video.)I couldn’t wait to meet them. I couldn’t wait to figure them out and to find out why they were lost. Four sisters. Or four cousins? There was so much. They reminded me of my own family. I had to find out. It was like a big-city high-rise with millions of stories, and I had this suitcase with three generations of stories. Oh, little child! Who were you, and who did you grow up to be? To figure out family groups, I sorted the pictures, which put them in chronological order. Black and whites. Color. Polaroids. Double-prints. And so many more.
People with NamesA breakthrough! The oldest picture I found had names. Who was Great-grandmother Woods? Was Bryan Woods the baby of the family? Did the suitcase belong to Susie? So many babies … over so many decades. They go to school. They learn to drive. They honor their elders, and they love their families. Four cousins. Or were they sisters? It soon became apparent that the genealogical detective work would be easy but time-consuming. Nevertheless, I started looking at names on the backs of photos. LaVirga Shipman Woods’ name came up over and over again.
Everyone Loves PicturesEveryone loves old family pictures. Everyone wants to be in “Grandma’s Brag Book.” But there are so many more places to find our families:
- Military papers
- Greeting cards
We love … and yet we let go ..Someone has said goodbye to this family before.
“It’s been so nice knowing you. I hate to see you go. But as you must, my best wishes for your happiness in your new home go with you.”