Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Did You Rabbit Hole This Week?

I can’t believe we are already at the last weekend in August, but we are and the summer has flown by. It’s time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings.

He has a different kind of challenge for us this week:

1)  Did you follow a research trail down a genealogy rabbit hole this week?  Tell us about it.

I have to admit, I have “rabbit holed” this week, for genealogy, but not in the way one would normally expect.

I’ve mentioned a number of times that I love to find vintage photos – and have expanded to vintage postcards to and from people who can be identified – and gift these items to descendants of the original subjects. Too often, I find that there is no one today directly related to the people in the photo or who wrote a warm message on a postcard.

I’ve actually spent hours during this past week seeking out inexpensive photos and postcards, but it’s getting harder to find success because it seems many sellers feel their items are worth more than I do!

I don’t understand why sellers are pricing cabinet card photos of ordinary people, in a simple photo that wouldn’t attract collectors, at $20 or more! Photos with pets, Victorian ladies, bicycles, etc. are sought after by collectors. However, a plain photo of Mr. and Mrs. John smith? Not so much.

That’s why I’ve expanded my search to include vintage postcards.

There are times when I check auction online sites and find nothing, but I’ve been fairly successful this week and have been down two rabbit holes in particular where there are MANY descendants.

I get so involved in identifying everyone that I forget they are not in my own family tree!



3 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Did You Rabbit Hole This Week?”

  1. This is a wonderful activity. I have collected vintage postcards but never thought about the people who are mentioned on them. Often there is not enough to help do research. Likely the reason they are out there for sale was the family line died and heirs didn’t want them anymore.

  2. Not a big collector but now I’m thinking of acquiring vintage postcards from places where my ancestors lived/worked, as a augmenting their timelines for the younger generation. Thanks for the idea.

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