I’m a little embarrassed by this but hopefully, others can relate. I, um, have a genealogy inbox folders on several email accounts. Believe it or not, I have one email account that I’ve been using since at least 2004, if not earlier. Shock! Most people switch their email addresses MANY times in 8 years.
Recently I decided to go through the genealogy folders in the oldest account and clean it out. I’m finally processing all the emails that I’ve just dumped (er, saved) into the file. In my defense, that was a challenging time in my life. I had two very small children, I was transitioning between several states, and I was focused on catching up on my scrapbooks. I was developing my Power Scrapbooking method. Since that time, I have opened other email accounts and saved genealogy information into folders on those accounts. I had forgotten just how many emails I’ve received about genealogy and for how many years.
Back to the cleaning, I found several things from 2005 that caught my attention. First, that my mother’s aunt’s family was buried in Norwich, Huron, Ohio. Now, I could easily have found that information on Find A Grave.com. However, having an email pointing me in the direction of where to look, made the search easy. I knew exactly in which cemetery to look. There is a photo of the cemetery linked to the family but no individual stones. I don’t know if there are not stones and the photo is of the plot in general. So I sent a Photo Request and I’m am awaiting the results.
|Copy of William Lester Long (1849 – 1925)’s Death Certificate|
Second, and the most rib poking, is that I’ve had my 2nd great grandfather’s death certificate just hanging out in my inbox. For 7 years! Just waiting, humming ‘do da-do da-do, I’m here!!’. What’s crazy, is that this death certificate has been online for the past 2 years and I haven’t sought it out. In my defense, I haven’t been working on the Long Family as much in the past two years. But seriously? What else is just hanging out waiting for me in the inbox?
You know what else? The person who sent this to me also said he had photos of my Long relatives. Photos! I passed up photos? Erg, I’ve sent an email to Jerry Long’s 2005 email address. Is he still alive? Does the email still work? Will I be able to beg forgiveness for neglecting his offering of Long Family Photo? Ey yi yi!
Lesson learned… periodically clean out your emails!