Today I would like to express my thanks to those that digitize and share their old pictures. After my Grandma Gotcher died in 1998, I wondered what was going to happen to all of the old pictures that Grandma had collected and loved so dearly. All of us grandchildren well remember sitting with Grandma while she showed us pictures and told us stories about them.
I am very thankful that my cousin, Anita, took those pictures and scanned them into her computer, organized them and burned CDs for anybody in the family that wanted one. Since then, while visiting my maternal grandfather and also my husband’s grandparents I have spent many hours scanning and digitizing all of the old pictures I could find.
I love that I can link these pictures to my family tree on ancestry.com and that other descendants will find these pictures and love the visual identification. So many times I have received messages from other researchers thanking me because they found one of their direct ancestors on my site with a picture – and they had never seen that person before. I also love finding pictures of ancestors while I am searching online. I recently found a picture of my husband’s great grandparents who we had never seen.
I beseech everyone to please please digitize and share your old pictures. One of saddest things I see are forsaken pictures at flea markets. I am deeply saddened when I think of the boxes of pictures that either get left in attics, sold at auctions, trashed, or even the ones that get taken by one relative never to be seen by anyone else ever again! Share your pictures people! We love to see them.