My husband was raised by his mother across the country from his father and his fathers family. His relationship with his father was somewhat estranged so he really doesn't know many relatives from his paternal side.
However, after his father passed we inherited the family photographs. Sadly, many of them were unlabeled and those that had names still remained a mystery to us. After all, my husband didn't know this family so he had no idea who there were or how they were related.
Thanks to this blog, one of those ELLAM relatives found me and we began a conversation regarding the photos. How was I going to share a couple hundred photos with her and get the names of those in the photograph? Enter 1000memories.com! The website allows you to create "shoeboxes" to which you may upload your pictures. You can invite others to collaborate with you on the photos so you can work together identifying and sharing them. And best of all....it's FREE!
I pulled out my trusty Flip-Pal and scanned close to 300 photographs is just two days! I then uploaded them to the Shoeboxes and shared them with my collaborators.
There are now three ELLAM relatives working on identifying the photos! This project started as a way for me to ID the photos and learn a bit about the family history. But the most important part of the project has turned out to be the ELLAM relatives I am meeting.
Because of 1000Memories my husband is gaining a family he never met.