Following up on our idea of contacting the UB church in Lincolnville, mom placed a call to the office and left a message. Those of you that follow this blog know that I am a strong believer in genealogy serendipity and boy did it come through for us this time!
Her call was returned by a wonderful lady named Ann. Ann was excited to take on the project of getting people to look at the photo and identify as many people as they could.
So on a rainy day in October Ann met us at the BP gas station in LaFontaine, Indiana to pick up the photo and tracing and take it back to Lincolnville. It wasn't long before my mom had a call from Ann letting us know how it was going. It seems Ann was worried about the expense we put into the picture and instead of dropping it off at the church, contacted people in and around Lincolnville and began taking the photo to them herself! Ann had become our own little genealogical angel!
As news of the photo spread around the little town of Lincolnville more Brane family descendents requested to have a look. In the end the kind people of Lincolnville, Indiana have been able to help us identify 23 of the 62 family members in the photo! But it's not over yet! As a result of this blog, another Brane family member in Florida is able to identify more for us! I'm waiting to hear back from him so that I can add those names.
So why is this 92 year old photo keeping me up at night? Because they are my family, my history and I have a burning need to be able to call them by name and research their stories. Every last one of them. I want no one to be left behind.
Are you a Brane family descendent? Can you help identify anyone in the photograph? Please take a look.