Imagine my surprise to open an envelope and find an original photograph of my grandfather. It was taken as he was leaving for the uncertainties of WWII. I have seen this photo before. I do not have the only copy, but I couldn't help but wonder if this photograph was held and treasured by a beloved sister worried about her younger brother's safety? Was it treasured again at his unexpected death many years later? Who will have it after me and will they feel the same awe and love as they hold it in their hands?
As I hold the photograph of my grandfather with it's weathered edges, I try to recall any memories of him. He died when I was six years old and I have only vague memories of our time together, tractor rides and meals at the kitchen table. I don't remember very much, but I do remember that I was loved. I remember hugs and kisses.
Today as I hold the photograph, I look on familysearch to see who added the image to Grandpa's memories, only to see that this image is not there. A quick scan and a few computer clicks later and this photograph is there for the rest of his posterity to have. I spend a few minutes browsing images uploaded from cousins, uncles and aunts, my father. Each photo adding depth to a beloved Grandfather that has lived in the faded memories of my youth.
You can read a few more stories about powerful photos here: New Memories Gallery! Upload and Organize Photos in Family Tree Albums . The article also shows a couple of the new features of the memory gallery on family search