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Value in reposting Surnames

Hello Cynthia,

First, Congratulations again to you on acquiring the photo of a family member from a ...stranger.

Here, i would like to say that your receiving the photo as the result of an AfriGeneas posting is a beautiful example of what AfriGeneas is all about. Since my participation on AfriGeneas from the mid 1990's I have been on the receiving end of many gifts from persons previously unknown to me .... who are no longer strangers. For my AfriGeneas Angels, far too numerous to name, you know who you are. ;)

It is very unfortunate that you, I and others have family members who can't, or won't see the value of sharing in the quest of seeking out materials in all shapes and forms (documents, photos, stories, etc.) that help to preserve the genealogy and history of our common family connections.

So as you say "repost surnames again" and we should all continue to share our findings, techniques, experiences on AfriGeneas and other genealogical venues with others. We are so much richer for such actions.

Here is a photo of some AfriGeneans at the 2009 IBGS in Ft. Wayne, IN who at one time were strangers to each other in the world of genealogy prior to becoming a part of the AfriGeneas community.

Best Wishes and Continued Success,
Art Thomas
Cynthia wrote:
"Pat--I mean no harm by what I am about to say here, but on August 14 I received. A Picture Blessing, from a perfect stranger who read a posting I placed here on Afrigeneas. She did not know me or my family. But HER MOTHER LIKED TO COLLECT OLD PICTURES AT ANTIQUE STORES, many years ago, that happened to be a picture that was a part of my family and now it belongs to me and my heritage. So sometimes A story here can reach out and find a stranger and find one of those leaves on a family tree. I cannot get living family today to share images of pictures from the past or present. It's ok. I am at peace. My gggrandma is smiling. My ggrandma is smiling My grandma is smiling. We are ALL DOING THE HAPPY DANCE."

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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