The death of family members is always sad, but it can, at the same time, bring wonderful genealogical surprises. We only wish they were still around now, so we could ask even more questions.
My wife's dad passed about five years ago. She went through and saved many mementos and old photo albums from their house before it was sold and torn down. Not being able to bring them back home with her, she left them with her brother, who then lost track of them, thinking they had been thrown away when the grandkids cleaned out the garage. He passed just this last month, and the old photos were rediscovered (he had forgotten that he had them stored in the attic).
And the kids found even more photo albums that had been stored there as well.
Among them we found a real treasure. A photo of great grandparents and their kids, circa 1917, with names and dates written on the back. A photo that no one else in the family seems to have (none have previously appeared on Ancestry or other family sites yet).
We bought more suitcases and brought back as many as we could.
William Madison Trevathan-3