Yes, putting aside all the official records that we travelled far and wide to research, which can now be easily and quickly researched at home, that leaves the information that we gathered from folk face-to-face - stories that cannot be found Online.
This reminds me of our board regular ‘Living time machine’ Lilian; many of us researchers weren’t around in the 40s, so need to rely on old books, etc., but, time after time, Lilian, with her far-reaching memory can inform us of exactly what happened at such and such a place and who was there – how good is that? It’s the kind of information that cannot be found anywhere else.
Like your relation, Fraser, my dad and I made contact with a cousin in the early days and gained a new, large branch of family that we hadn’t known about previously… great feeling!
Allan, the feeling you had when a relative you had corresponded with though never met died, is similar to how some of us feel when our good friends on this message board pass on. To correspond and share memories with folk for all those years and then to lose them and not have them there to share new memories with is heart rendering - sorry for your loss.
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