I was contacted by a woman in Norway who was trying to find out what had happened to some of her family after they had emigrated to America. She had seen Bethe on my tree on Ancestry.com and was curious if I had more information about her or her family. Berthe is someone I hadn't really looked into, she was on my tree, but a mother-in-law. I have really been focusing more on immediate family ancestors.
Here is one of the photos I sent to my distant cousin in Norway. A very poor photocopy of Ole Roe and his wife Marie Moen.
Can you even begin to understand the satisfaction I felt in reuniting these people with their identities? I know the frustration of having these wonderful old photos and no one left who can help me identify them. I have that big box next to my desk that feels like abandoned children. And I helped. My information put names on an old photo!
My long-distance, many time removed cousin-in-law had the original cabinet card of Ole and Marie. It was taken in Minnesota and sent to family left behind in Norway. It had not been labeled and no one knew who was in the photo.
I don't know who was more happy, me or my Norwegian cousin, to put faces and names together!
Here is the photo she had - how beautiful is that; to see the original, where it was taken, and all the detail lost in my photocopy, and to know that Ole and Marie now had a proper spot in their family tree.