I’ve been going through and scanning my grandparents’ slides and identifying the individuals in them.

This needs to be done carefully and not hastily.

I saw a picture of my Mom talking to a cousin of my grandmother and made the identification after his name popped into my head. It turned out that the name was wrong. I was right about the family the guy was from but it was not the person I originally thought it was–it was his brother.

Comparing it to another picture I have of this man–around the same time fortunately–confirmed who it was. Slightly longer reflection caused me to remember that my grandparents saw the “correct name” cousin more than the cousin whose name initially came to mind.

Take a minute before you jump to any conclusion. Think before you attach a name to an image or a photograph. Once an error gets out it can be difficult to pull it back if it has spread.



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