This is a cabinet card photograph, circa 1890, that I believe I picked up at at Sheffield Antique Mall a few years ago. I used Ancestry.com, and most likely an obituary, to discover that the baby, Charles, had a living grandson in Memphis, Tennessee.
I contacted the grandson, John, in 18 March 2015 via Facebook. Communication was slow, but we decided to meet and exchange the photograph at a local library.
I returned the photograph to Charles’ grandson John on 21 July 2015.
I picked these photos up, along with a bunch of others (including the photo of Michael and Nancy), at Town Square Antique Mall in Collierville, Tennessee on 1 July 2015. They are both of the same teenaged boy named Harold. The small photo was taken in 1930, when he was a sophomore, and the larger photo was taken in 1932, when he was a senior.
I used Ancestry.com and GenealogyBank.com to research his name and used what I found to look up his daughter Patti on Facebook. I contacted her about the found photos the same day that I purchased them.
My brother and cousins will love this story!!!” – Patti
She kindly offered to pay for the shipping of the photographs and for the costs of the photographs, which I will put towards future returns.
I returned the photos of Harold to his daughter on 18 July 2015.
I found this adorable snapshot of two children, siblings Michael and Nancy, at Town Square Antique Mall in Collierville, Tennessee on 1 July 2015. The photograph is dated “July 1939”. I used Ancestry.com to find relatives and was able to find a cousin of theirs on 3 July 2015.
I discovered that the children grew up in Long Island, New York and no one in the family knows how the photo ended up all the way in Collierville, Tennessee.
This is a bizarre story and I can’t wait to share it with Nancy!“
I returned the photo to their family on 18 July 2015.
I found these WWII dog tags once belonging to Daner Lee Starks (1909-1971) at Sheffield Antique Mall a few years ago. I sent a message to his daughter Myrtle on Ancestry.com in early 2014, but didn’t receive a reply until 3 July 2015. I discovered this is the only item, besides a tattered old photograph, his daughter will have of his.