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Dorothy’s Wedding Record Book

I’ve had Dorothy’s 1940s “Bridal Chimes” wedding record album, which I purchased from Antique Gallery, for a couple of years.  It’s a beautiful record book published by C.R. Gibson & Company in Norwalk, Connecticut, and purchased as a gift from Dorothy’s friend Marie at The Goldstein-Migel Company in Waco, Texas.

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Using both Ancestry.com and Facebook, I was able to find Dorothy’s son Bob and sent him a message on 6 November 2015.  Almost a year later, on 27 October 2016, I received a reply. Bob and I spoke via Facebook and phone and he put me in touch with his brother, Richard, who lives nearby and could pick up their mother’s wedding book in person.

The book was returned to Dorothy’s family on 8 November 2016. Richard said he had never seen it before and that I had made his brother very happy.

Bucky’s Scrapbook

I purchased Bucky’s 1950s scrapbooks, photos, and school papers from Antique Warehouse in mid-2015 with the intent to repair and then research to return, but since it was so large, it ended up being put away in a suitcase until March 2016.

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bucky01When I finished repairing the scrapbook last month, I then used Ancestry.com and Facebook to research the name and was quickly able to find one of his relatives online. I sent a short message and a few hours later received a couple reply messages.  Then actually spoke on the phone to Bucky himself!

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Bucky was very happy to hear that his scrapbook had been found and said that could not wait to show it to all his grandchildren. He had lost his scrapbook, photographs, and school papers he while still in the process of filling the scrapbook (full of clippings of his football career at Georgia Tech), so it’s been lost for more than 50 years. It’s wonderful to finally be returning it back to him.

The scrapbook, photographs, and papers were returned to Bucky on 31 March 2016 and 11 April 2016.

Thanks to Bruce Hughes at Antique Warehouse Mall!

Harold Ray’s Dog Tag

I purchased a single dog tag from Antique Warehouse back in August 2015, about the same time that I returned Ira Monroe‘s dog tag to its family.  This newly acquired tag belonged to a man named Harold William Ray (1918-2006) who served in the Navy during World War II.

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Using Ancestry.com and Facebook, I was able to find one of his daughters and get in touch with her about returning the tag to family.

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 “He brought up 4 daughters who absolutely adored him and adore him still. We treasure every memento of him that we have. To him, everything was “beautiful” and he left beauty, especially his warm friendly smile, everywhere he went. ” – Linda Dondlinger


Harold Ray’s dog tag was returned home on 7 January 2016.



Harmony, Bless You! My family is all a-buzz about the arrival of this most precious item. This actually marks the tenth anniversary of our father’s passing. We truly believe he has orchestrated this entire discovery for us, his daughters. We will follow-up with a picture that you can post on your blog. Again, words can not fully express our gratitude but I’ll say it anyhow, “Thank You!” Linda Dondlinger


Harmony, Our father was a devoted husband, doting father and grandfather. But it was never a secret how proud he was to serve in the Navy and how much he loved our country. I truly believe he guided your hand in finding his dog tag. Bless you and all your future finds! With much thanks from the Harold W. Ray family.
Dee Ann Riordan(the oldest daughter)

Gleasons Back Home for the Holidays

Since early summer, I have been collecting photographs from Antique Warehouse that once belonged to a family with the surname Gleason (many photos are about or over 100 years old). Since they are all spread out over a large family tree, and I have an Ancestry.com subscription, I decided to scan them all at a high resolution and post them online for anyone researching this large family to find and share.

On 19 November, I received a message from the grandson of one of the younger family members in the tree. It turns out he had never seen many of these photographs that I posted online of his grandfather and extended family.  Since he didn’t even have any photos of his grandfather as a child, he asked if he could have some of the photos, which of course is what I do! So, I sent him all the photos I had of his grandparents, great-grandparents and even his great-great-grandmother.

I forgot to take a photograph of all of them for the blog before I mailing them, but here are some scans from Ancestry.

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I reunited this batch of Gleason photos with their family on 30 November 2015.

José the Chihuahua and his Paper Doll Family

I found these two 1950s Christmas cards in a box of stationary purchased last year at thrift shop Mid-South Outlet. They each came with four removable paper dolls (that fit right in Santa’s bag!) with the each person’s name, or nickname, on them: Buddy (Francis the father), Betty (Betand the mother), Lynda (their little angel), and José (the chihuahua).

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I was able to find Betand using Google and Facebook and sent her a message and photographs. I figured they were so adorable, and old enough, that she may not have copies and would love to have them again. She was thrilled!

Many hugs to a special person.” – Betand


I returned the Christmas cards to Betand and her family on 8 September 2015.

Patricia’s High School Photo Album

I found this large photo album at an antique shop a year or two ago at a thrift shop called City Thrift. It sat in my living room along with a bunch of other old photo albums I had and I had forgotten that it had photos in it as the others were all empty. I rediscovered it when I posted the others for sale in my Etsy antique shop Baudelaire Antiques.

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The album wasn’t full, just the first few pages had photos and clippings and the rest had remnants of the rest of the contents having been ripped off the pages.  But it had enough information for me to find it’s original owner, a young girl that graduated Chaffee High School in Chaffee, Missouri in 1947.  I used Ancestry.com and GenealogyBank.com to find her and eventually contacted her on Facebook on 8 August 2015.

She now lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her family and was absolutely thrilled to hear that I had found her album. When her family moved her to be with them, she lost many of her own things and the album was one of her things that was accidentally slipped into the thrift shop boxes.

After speaking on the phone with Patricia, we decided to meet up at a local library so she could pick up her album. She was really sweet and happy to receive the it back. And I really enjoyed being able to return it in person.

I returned the album to Patricia on 19 August 2015.

Ira Monroe Dooley’s Dog Tag

This dog tag was part of my military collection.  The tag belonged to a man named Ira Monroe Dooley (1893-1963).  He served in both World War I and World War II

To find its family, I used both Ancestry.com and Facebook on 1 August 2015.  I was able to locate one of his great-grandsons in just one day. He was quite excited to have some family history.

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I returned Ira Dooley’s dog tag to the Dooley family on 10 August 2015.

Billie McCall Gray’s Book of Poems

I found an old address book at Second Time Around Flea Market in the Summer of 2014. It had been repurposed in the 1970s by an older woman named Billie McCall Gray into a book filled with typed and handwritten poems and writings, along with clippings, drawings, and a few pieces of mail. 

I attempted to find her family in 2014, but failed to find any connections. I went back to it in July of 2015 and my research led me to Mrs. Gray’s son’s obituary on FindAGrave which I was able to use to find her grandson and contact them.

 “Thank you so much for the package! We’re enjoying reading it!

I returned the album of poems to the Gray family on 4 August 2015.

Siblings Hattie and Charles

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.

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I returned the photograph to Charles’ grandson John on 21 July 2015.

Harold’s High School Photos

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.

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Thank you so very much!!!! My Dad passed in 2006 at 92 and I miss him every day.
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.