A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine asked my help in getting a 1913 postcard he purchased off eBay, back into the hands of the family. I was able to figure out who wrote the postcard and construct the family tree, but as of yet, I’ve not been able to make successful contact with a living descendant.
To approach this task, I had a thought - why not enlist the aid of all of you who help support the TNGenWeb and have a little fun at the same time? So, here we go!
In 1913, the following postcard was sent to California from Tennessee.
The postcard has a picture of camels harnessed to an International Harvester trashing machine in Russia. It is addressed to a Mrs. Hiram Bare of Sanger, California. The transcription (as best we can tell), is as follows:
Dear Aunt Addie,Just a line to tell you that pa died at 1:40 a.m. Friday morning and was laid to rest at Saturday afternoon beside dear mother in the little spot selected by them here at home. We feel the loss so keenly now that all have gone and left us. Fannie (sp) stood it well and is able to be up. I will try to write you a letter in a few days. Lovingly, Daisy J.
- Identify all the people named on/in the postcard.
- Find contact information for a living family member that may be interested in having this postcard.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email should provide biographical details of all the people referenced in/by the postcard, your research process to identify a living family member, and what resources you used.
- Entries are due by May 1st.
- Now, here at the TNGenweb, we are all about providing FREE genealogical information. So, in light of that, you can only use FREELY available resources to search. No subscription or paid resources allowed
- Also, please do not contact a family member yourself; it will be less intrusive for them if they were contacted by only one individual. We will coordinate that process here in the TNGenWeb.
Everyone who submits information on a living family member will be entered into a drawing to get a free TNGenWeb drinking mug. We will be giving away 2 mugs.
We will host a Google Hangout over in our TNGenWeb Google+ Community in mid-May to share the the path the winners and other researchers took to find the information. More details will be forthcoming about that so stay tuned.
I can’t wait to see what we all find! Let’s get this postcard back into the hands of the family.