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.
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.
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.
When 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!
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!
I think I came across this tiny baby book at Antique Warehouse in 2012 or 2013. I researched the parents’ names in the book using Ancestry.com in early 2014. For some odd reason, the mother had never written the baby’s name in the book, but I was able to find out that it was Norma from the birth date.
I can’t remember how I came across her granddaughter Keaghlan’s name, possibly an obituary, but I found her on Facebook and sent her a message on 23 March 2014. I didn’t receive a response until 14 January 2015! Better late than never, I guess!
I still had the sweet little baby book, of course, and quickly wrapped it up for her. It was returned to Keaghlan on 15 January 2015.
I found this beautiful little marriage book at a junky shop called Second Time Around Flea Market. It belonged to a couple named Joseph and Mary Ella who were married on the 22 November 1940. Using a combination of Ancestry.com and FindAGrave.com, I was able to find Joseph’s stepdaughter, Michelle, on Facebook.
“Oh my goodness. That is my precious stepfather who was my mom’s high school sweetheart. They married after Mary died and were married 35 years. Papa Joe was the only dad I ever had. I would love to have that Marriage certificate. Papa Joe was. WWII Veteran and the most wonderful man you will ever know. My mom and Papa Joe were so precious together and mom was never upset when he talked about Mary. The funny thing was that my mom’s name was Mary too. I bet that confused the government.” – Michelle
I mailed it to her on 12 January 2015.
I happened to look up a friend of mine on Ancestry.com to see if I could find him in the yearbook section in July 2011. Not only did I find his yearbook photo, but the yearbook that had been scanned into the system was Harry’s personal yearbook that he must have lost years before.
I downloaded all the signed pages and his photos and emailed them to him on 10 July 2011.
“TOO FREAKY !!!! You are blowing my mind, Harmony! Thank you soooooo much for this blast from the past. Will wonders never stop from you? You are the sweetest girl in the world.” – Harry