This time last year, when Images Past was in it’s infancy and I was still fiddling about wondering how to shape the blog, I posted this photo of a mystery piper and appealed for help in identifying him (or not!) as John Hume who was born in Haddington in 1854 to William Hume and Margaret Veitch. John is an American client’s ancestor, and the client was happy for me to post the photo, just in case it led somewhere.
Nothing much came of it, but I knew as long as the photo was “out there”, there was always a chance someone would find their way to it.
This morning I had a phone conversation with a very excited lady called Heather who is also a descendant of William and Margaret. When her aunt (the family historian) died she inherited furniture, table cloths, photos and original 19th Century documents, and had spent some time over the holidays going through the papers. Heather originally thought she was the last surviving member of her family, but has discovered living relatives using the records she inherited. A quick Google of some family names led her here, and I am terribly excited about putting her in touch with her relatives in the US.
What fun for New Year’s Day – oh, the joy of the internet! :-)
PS: Check out the Duelling Pipers – it’s funny