An incredible surprise of rediscovered old photos brings alive the family tree

I just was thinking about contacting my cousin from my great-grandfather’s brother’s family to see whether they have any more old family photos. They already shared some old photos, family letters and documents over the past seven years.

I am so grateful to find the family. They really found me on a genealogy forum. I didn’t want to bother them one more time to ask if they have any more photos. I have been so grateful for everything I have received over the years.

Then by luck my cousin from Moscow, Russia,  e-mailed me Friday that her sister found some old photos of my grandmother’s family. I hadn’t thought there could be any more photos because our families haven’t seen each other since the 1930s.

Then I saw the photos my cousin uploaded to Google Photos. I already have three of the photos, one of which I got from that cousin a few years ago. But I hit the jackpot in photos once again.

My cousin’s sister has a photo our great-great-grandfather with my great-grandmother and four of my grandmother’s brothers and another close up shot of my great-grandmother with three sons from the early 1900s. The woman or girl standing behind my great-grandmother is a mystery, along with the photo’s location.

My Russian cousins have given me more old photos of my grandmother’s family than I have found in my own family’s possessions. My grandmother had five brothers but I only have a handful of pre-World War II photos of the family.

Only one brother of my grandmother moved to the USA and had a child. Another two came to the USA but didn’t have children. The other two brothers immigrated to Germany and Argentina.

The kids in these photos were born between 1891-1899.  By the time I got my hands on the family photos from my grandmother’s apartment in 2006, I can imagine or don’t want to imagine how many old photos were thrown out.

Only one child is alive of the six children from this family. She didn’t have any old family photos. I had to send her photos of her great-grandfather and grandfather because she wasn’t lucky enough to have old photos.

Too many people fight over pieces of furniture, china sets and jewelry from their relatives when the priceless possessions are the photos. These photos bring to life  the people in family trees.

One day, those precious pieces of furniture will crumble, the china will break and the jewelry will lose its luster. Only photos can keep forever moments from long ago alive.

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6 thoughts on “An incredible surprise of rediscovered old photos brings alive the family tree

  1. DragonFlyLady

    What a treasure! I found my adopted children’s birth families last year in Pskov Region of Russia, and the man who met with them asked them for family photos, they gave recent ones, but nothing back further then the parents of both of my children and one grandmother who is still living. We all “talk” now and then through VK, I asked once of different ones in the family if there are more family photos of grandparents, great-grandparents etc.. but this is one thing they just never answered. Is this a rude thing to do, asking them, I wonder? My kids would just like to see more of their ancestry. I don’t want to keep asking. Any ideas?

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    1. They may not have old photos or just wait on asking again. Have you offered a bunch of photos of your adopted children so they can see you are also providing photos? Maybe you can ask if there are interesting family stories that they should know about. Also ask about the relatives’ service in Great Patriotic War. It’s also good to connect with aunts, uncles and cousins online who could offer more family info and photos.

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