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# Tuesday, June 01, 2010
A Memorial Day Salute and a Web Reunion
Posted by Maureen

About a year ago I started creating short videos of photo cases I've worked on and began posting them on Vimeo.com. Last week I featured a photo from Valerie Moran. It's a lovely summer scene and the flags in it provided a valuable clue. Hope you enjoy it! A New York production company created the 3-D effect. 

After years of writing about other folks online reunions, I now have one to brag about concerning one of my husband's relatives: A Facebook friend, Meryn Cadell, sent me an e-mail last week. I've included the links in this quote.

"I was just browsing the website of the ACE hotel in New York, and came across a lovely postcard, sent from the Hotel Breslin in 1908 to a little boy in Newton, Mass. named Gilbert McNamara. I wondered who he might be, and did a little searching, coming across your lovely story about the table that belonged to your husband's grandmother as well as a Gilbert McNamara, quite likely the same one, as the year and location seem appropriate."

When I saw this email and the postcard, I couldn't believe it!  I immediately picked up the phone and called my mother-in-law. She confirmed that the Gilbert in the postcard was indeed the right person.  Now it's a family history mystery in three parts:
  • How did the postcard end up on the web?
  • What was Mother McNamara doing in New York in December 1909?
  • Who was watching Gil? 
Ah..the power of the web to connect folks and information.  Wow!  Thank you Meryn.


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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 6:01:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [3]
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 8:02:46 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Even when you thing you know a lot about the family, someone sneaks in another fact.....twenty more questions to answer. I see research in your future...
Friday, June 04, 2010 3:07:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
What a great story!
Maria
Saturday, June 05, 2010 10:09:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks for the great info!
Jeanie
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