Sunday, July 19, 2015
Perhaps the three types of female family members that are the hardest to do a narrative on when building a family tree are those; 1) who died young, 2) never married, and 3) never had children. There are of course exceptions to each of those three.
Recently I came across a scrapbook/photo album in a Laurel thrift shop. It had pictures of a Dorothy Kirby from Newnan, GA and newspaper clippings of the Stallings family again from Newnan. I have no idea how it landed in the Laurel Delaware thrift store. I copied a few names down from it, came home and looked them up on Ancestry.com. I found Dorothy had died in 1923 at the age of 20. Her mother Inez was a Stallings and had married a Kirby. My guess was the album was kept by the mother. In looking at some of the on-line family trees that had Dorothy in them it became obvious that there was little people knew about her other than a birth and death date. Dorothy had all three of the problems listed above, died young, didn't marry, left no children.
I contacted one of the owners of a family tree that had Dorothy included and asked if she would like the album and she said yes. I went back and purchased the album and will mail it to that person next week. At that time a little family history will have been returned to Georgia and Dorothy will have a face to go in the family tree.