Lost and Found Letters

Technically, there is a Lost and Found Letters Department.  It is called the Mail Recovery Center (MRC), formerly known as the Dead Letter Office, located in Atlanta, GA.  The MRC handles non-deliverable mail that is determined to be of value.  Gone are the days when postal workers pored over indecipherable handwriting in order to send letters to the correct address. The percentage of letters lost in the mail is relatively small, but still there are times one wishes for a Lost and Found Letters Department.  Sometimes you either sense or know that something is missing.  That…



Taking stock of one’s roots can be much more than a hobby or pastime. Thanks to multiple resources for genealogical research, it is possible today to trace ancestry, connect with distant relations, and explore your own identity. For decades, I have been the owner of boxes and drawers full of family photos. They range from formal portraits of elders and ancestors, taken from the late 1800s to the turn of the century, to mid-century snapshots of my early nuclear family, circa 1940s through 1960s. Due to faulty color film and sticky photo albums of the 1970s…

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