In a submission to my RootsTech 2015 contest, Bettye Hutchinson Short shared an interesting contact that came about because she posts on Ancestry.com message boards. Thanks, Bettye.
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The most unusual contact I have ever made regarding my family came as a result of sharing frequent posts about my family on Ancestry.com message boards and also entering memorials on Find-a-grave, now appearing on Ancestry.com.
An individual currently living in the family home in Illinois found me through these sources. They advised me that they took the wallpaper down in the family home and found two signatures written in pencil under the wallpaper. I was able to identify who these women were based on the approximate time the original wallpaper would have been put up
There is no way that this individual could have found me if I hadn't been making these postings because they were not actual family members. I also found it extremely interesting that someone would go to that extent to get information about a family that was not directly related to them. They also requested that I would endeavor to find a picture of the home when it was originally built in approximately 1860. So far I have not been able to do this for them.
I have made a lot of contacts because of my willingness to post information on the boards, some others almost as interesting as this one. I would really encourage others to do this as well. The information that you post when establishing a memorial is especially helpful because you can link other family member's gravesites to these memorials. An individual could probably trace most of my family by using the links on the gravesites alone.
Bettye Hutchinson Short
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