One of the treasures I received was a picture of my 3rd great-grandfather and my 2nd great-grandfather and mother. This I received from a 2nd half-cousin of mine, Jeff. He found my information on the rootweb site and contacted me. He had much more information than I on our mutual family as well as a wonderful photo.
In the middle seated position is my 3rd great-grandfather Joseph Hall who was born 19 Nov 1824 in Darmariscotta, Lincoln, Maine. He married Submit Ross (not shown) on 12 Oct 1845 in Bradford, Penobscot, Maine. The couple on his left (right side of the picture) are my 2nd great-grandparents, Henry P Hall and his wife Esther Patricia Gowen. Henry was born 2 Feb 1850 in Orneville, Piscataquis, Maine and Esther was born 15 Jan 1848 in Bradford, Penobscot, Maine.
The picture was taken in 1889 in North Bradford, Maine. I don't know which of Henry's brothers is also in the picture. (Perhaps someone will see this and tell me who it is!!) It is just a wonderful picture. I can see the resemblance of my mother in her relations. It makes them all seem more real, not just names in a list. Now I want a similar picture of every branch of my tree!
So when you are considering whether or how much to share of your research, remember this picture. If you are like me, you probably used some names and dates out of other's research, at least to get started. And what I always try to remember, no one of us owns a relative or any of our family. All the descendants do and the more we share the more we will all have. And it also means that it is less likely that any of these wonderful family members will ever be forgotten!
Peace and Happy New Year to All!