One glance at this wall of faces and you can tell they have been lovingly framed and arranged in family groups. The cousin who did this grouping also researched each person. He could tell the full name, birth and death dates, place of burial and many more interesting family details! He went one step further by compiling a book of our Driskell heritage. We affectionately call it “the big red book”!
Several years after the book’s publication, I began my ancestry research. I found as much as I could from the limited online sources. I wrote letters. I made phone calls. I pumped my mother for even the smallest detail she could remember. I loved finding the information but I had an insatiable hunger to put faces to the names.
It was my mother who suggested I contact her first cousin. I had met him when I was in college and hoped he would remember me. I carefully drafted the letter to make sure he would understand my request. After all, my mother had told me I better not “be puttin’ him out”…an old Southern expression meaning I better not cause him any extra work. These were the days before digital technology but my cousin was proficient with a copy machine. He had laboriously hand printed his first book!
I asked if he had any photos he could make copies to aid me in my research. I told him I would reimburse him for any expenses. You can imagine my excitement when I sent the letter in anticipation of the package I would soon receive! In my dreams, I could “see” the scrapbook and journal I would make of my ancestry.
About two weeks later a small, thin envelope came from Georgia and it was addressed to me. In it was a paper folded over one picture that measured about 2″ x 4″. The note said “Good luck in your research.” The photo you see on this page is the only photo I received that day. The faces were too small and fuzzy to see. I still know no names! But I suppose in my older cousin’s mind, he had fulfilled my request for photos!!
I am still in search of my ancestors and photos of their faces. My cousin was correct when he said “Good luck”!!