Funny old photo coincidence

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I have this great story for you.  It involves an old photograph and its twin.

My great-great-great-grandfather was Peder Erickson Stedje, born 1824 in Norway, came to Wisconsin in 1871 or so.  We came to the United States he changed his last name to Foss.

Very recently I was looking at an old photo album that's belongd to the Foss family. It now belongs to my dad.  Sadly most of the pictures are not labeled as to who they are.  

One of the photographs was a couple probably in their 60's.  The picture had been taken in a photography studio in Norway. I had a couple of guesses as to who they were but no way of knowing for certain.

I had uploaded my dad's DNA test to myheritage.  And today I was looking at a DNA match and from the tree attached I can see the person who took the test was from Norway.  The person was descended from the brother of my ancestor, Erick Erickson Stedje. Unlike Peter, Erick had stayed in Norway.. there was even a picture attached of Erik Erikson Stedje and his wife.  I was looking at it and thought it looked familiar.

I then realized why, it was the exact same picture of the couple from my dad's photo album.  Now I knew who they were. The one my dad had was the copy that Erik had sent his brother peder.

 I would never have known for sure who those people were if not for the fact, that across the ocean someone had a different copy of it.  And put it in their family tree.

Small world
in The Tree House by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Mach 8 (84.8k points)
I love stories like that! Thank you for sharing it. As the recipient of an old photo album with many faces unidentified, I can only imagine the excitement you had when you recognized the duplicate! Rebecca

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That is really neat Craig!

I have had the same happen.  I had a brick wall on Swedish ancestors and a 3rd cousin found my post on the Ancestry.com message boards.  She had a copy of a family tree written by my great-grandmother, her great-great-aunt.  We met up for lunch and I brought the family photo and so did she.  We both had the same exact photo:

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
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Great story! Stories like this are fun to read, thanks for sharing!
by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (292k points)

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