Genealogy research has long been a passion of mine. Ever since my mother left me a pile of old family photos and I built my own family tree, I have been fascinated by the endeavor to identify family members and their pictures when available. While I have done extensive research on my own line, and have quite a number of photos from different lines, there are still a few relatives whose photos I am missing, and of course once you get back in the early 1800’s, you have people who were never photographed at all. Still, I am always looking for more.
|Elizabeth "Bessie" Tucker|
So, a few months ago, I was contacted by Kate Brian Kelly, a woman who has a most fascinating and altruistic hobby of reuniting old photos with family members. She basically buys old photos in antique stores and the like, then does research to identify descendants. What she does is truly amazing and inspiring, and she provides the photos free of charge, even though she spends her own money to acquire these lost family treasures. She reached out to me on Ancestry.com because she had found a photograph of my cousin, Elizabeth “Bessie” Tucker. She married a Canadian, Lorne Alexander Rapley, and I don’t know if she had any children. While the original print went to another cousin, I was grateful to see a digital copy.
|William Newton Tucker|