Lisa Grayson <lisa@...>
Shelda Bachin Sandler <stanshel@...> wrote:
A few months ago, my cousin moved to Israel. Before she left, she gave
me a true family treasure: a large box of photographs. ...
My problem...I cannot just throw them in the trash!!! Please do not tell me
to make a bonfire and toss them into it. I cannot and will not do that!
Over twenty years ago, I received two boxes of distressed photographs
that had been in my grandparents' house. I didn't know most of the
people in them, and could only guess at their identities. But some were
clearly marked, and provided me with a trail that led to living relatives
I had never met, who, like Ms. Sandler's extended family, were
happy to receive photos >from a hitherto unknown cousin.
After scanning the originals, I donated several photographs of my grandfather's
NY home town, plus scrapbooks he had kept over 100 years ago, to a Long
Island historical society. Ms. Sandler may want to contact the Historical
Society of Pennsylvania (hsp.org) to see if their curators are interested in
As for the unidentified pictures, as I learned more about my family tree,
I was able to figure out who most of the people were. A year after I posted a
photo of my Berdichev g-g-grandfather to my public Ancestry site, I discovered
that someone else had posted a similar image: my g-grandmother's sister
apparently had a nearly identical photo to the one I inherited, and it had
been passed down to one of her descendants who now lives in Jerusalem!
I of course heartily second Ms. Sandler's refusal to throw the pictures
away. They are surely of value to someone, and who knows where they might lead!
Chicago, Illinois USA
Researching: MARUCHES, FINK, ROSENTHAL in Vilna, Moletai, Grodno,
Sopotskin, =D6zery, Liverpool; LEVIN in Grodno; HIRSCHBERG in Vilna and
Grodno; GOLDMAN in Danzig/Gdansk; ROSENBLOOM in Liverpool; ROSEN and
ROSENKRANTZ in Warsaw; BARMON in Lipno and Rypin; WEINER in Berdichev;
GOLDBERG in Berdichev and Kiev