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Re: Presenting research at the reunion
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If you keep sharing with them sooner or later they begin to open the treasure trunks of their family photos. When I did the first book in 2006 I sent out a letter and hundreds of emails asking for copies of other family photos. A very small group responded because they didn't know me and were very reluctant to part with even copies.
Once they saw the book at the Reunion they were so surprised to see that my collection had so many family pictures that believe or not they had to accept the fact that I was indeed a member of the same family, even though they'd never met me.
This year in 2008 when I went to the Reunion with the new book they were simply blowed away. By the time of this book I had received so many photographs from relatives that even I was amazed. Almost every day I came home to a fat mailbox with large gold envelopes. They love gold envelopes in Texas (smile). I started telling my neighbors that I had the happiest mailbox in America.
At the reunion this year I had several relatives approach me to ask "how do I get my family in them books?" To which I happily replied "all you have to do is send me a copy and I'll be honored to add it." Yep, they're starting to trust that I'll return them in the same condition and ASAP.
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