I am so glad that I am able to find lost, and sometimes unknown about, relatives for others with my method of combining my specialty of descendancy research, along with DNA. This past week, I have found fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, some who want to connect, and some who do not, but still wanted to know. My heart is so full being able to do this. :)
Out of all the Genealogy Lost and Found Cases I've Done, this was probably my most interesting one, because of how different it was! I've never had a time capsule case before! This was one of my most memorable cases, not only because it was unique, but because it went so viral and spread all throughout the world! I'm so glad I was able to locate the original time capsule owner, and in only a couple hours! :)
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I gave the Original Post Owner/ Diary holder the phone number for the living descendants I spoke with, and she messaged me back and said the lady I had spoken with ( and her son) sounded like she was about to cry because she was so happy! The lady I had spoken with on the phone, messaged me back after I sent her a pic of the post, and was shocked at how well kept the 151 year old diary was! she Said, "What a treasure!" She told me she wished her mother in law, who had passed away (a few years ago I found), could have seen it. Her mother in law was the granddaughter of the original diary owner. She is quoted as saying, "My mother in law was a wonderful woman. Strong and fierce mother. And the best friend any could have. I love and miss her very much. Thank you for the connections. And I just spoke with ... Thank you again." The original post owner will be mailing them out the diary...again, such a cool find, and so glad I was able to reunite this 151 year old diary with her great grandchildren and her great great grandchildren!
So glad that I was able to track down the few living descendants to this awesome find posted in one of my Genealogy groups this morning, Family Treasures Found! This is an awesome Facebook Group that helps people reunite with lost items, and also posts a lot of photos they've found, in which you may find your family members! Check them out on Facebook! A diary! How cool is that! If my great great grandmother had a diary, I'd definitely love to have someone track me down and give it to me! It took me all but 15 minutes to track down all of her only living descendants, which weren't many...she had 3 children, and only 1 of them had children, and only 1 of those children, had children, thus the ONLY living descendants! All that in 15 minutes, but took me about another 45 minutes to find working numbers, as they were all disconnected, and A LOT of moving around, but finally got one of an ex, whose kids were all there when I called(in their 30's, not little kids )...they were so excited, and can't wait for the diary!!!!
This was such a fun and interesting volunteer case, that someone posted in one of my genealogy Facebook groups, Genealogy: Lost and Found, a group that helps people reunite with lost items! I'm so glad I was able to help her find her great grandfather, after a 23 year deadlock on her search, and after he just seemed to disappear off the face of the earth after a certain time period! That's because he changed his name! I was able to locate him in 2 days, through my original findings after day 1, then through confirmation of DNA matching, and making a quick rough sketch of a DNA Tree on day 2, and contacting matches. Sometimes people may never find out why an ancestor changed their name, or went into "hiding", I have the same issue on a quite a few of my family lines! There are many reasons why there are "family secrets" in a family tree, which I talk about in one of my presentations! REMEMBER, "it's all in the clues"! I should add to my presentation that it's all in the DNA too! :)
So happy I found the only 2 nieces, to a family album that was partially posted in my Facebook group Family Treasures Found, it made them happy, especially since they didn't have much info on their family...This one took me a couple of hours, but so glad I could help track them down and help them add to their family history! :)
Now, this was a cool treasure to help track down living relatives to... a diary, a genealogy goldmine, along with pics, etc! It was so sad that her own 3 surviving children did not want her diary! I would definitely want my mother's diary! Her nieces didn't either, but when a nephew found out, he called it "Treasure" and was so glad to have it for his family history! It took me about and hour for this one ;)
Hi, I'm Diane Henriks, a Professional Genealogist and investigator who uses advanced deductive reasoning and logical constructs to thoroughly investigate a case, with a specialty in finding living descendants in family trees, and have worked closely with private investigators to find living people, while also assisting in background