Personal Histories Artist Book Exhibition

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

An email from Elaine

Something very exciting happened since my post Unexpected Developments on 31st July.
Unbelievably, one day out of the blue, I received an email from a lady named Elaine.

Elaine was doing a bit of family history research and typed the name of her aunt "Elsie May Baills" into her computer search engine.  This led her to this very blog site where she found not only a photo of her aunt but also a contact (aka me) who was actively looking for family members who might be interested enough to claim and care for this photo and others.

After making sure we had the right family, it turns out Elaine was the perfect recipient/guardian for the photos.  We were both excited to find one of the photographs I had was of her father as a small child (see above).  Elaine already possessed a copy of this photo, but hers was too damaged to repair.

It is such a good feeling to be able to return these photographs to someone with such a close connection to them.

My thanks must also go to Vicki in Iceland (who turns out to be a bit of a genealogical whizz) for all her help in working out this puzzle.

Turns out Elaine was only a car trip away from me - unlike Vicki, who did all her wonderful detective work from the other side of the globe.

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