Conference Brochure Cover Image – Behind The Story, Part Two

December 14th, 2016 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

This young boy not smiling as he stands in the doorway – who is this? Where is this? What story starts behind this door…all we knew was the photo had been taken in Wake County, North Carolina.

Mark Lowe, 2017 Raleigh Conference Chair, continues the story…

“…Although we chose a variety of images of use in the conference publications, the image of this young man standing in the door became our theme image – Family History Lives Here. I discovered the family of this young man lived in the western area of Wake county in the 1930s. Working with several genealogical friends, we found several other photos of this young man and siblings, but all were unidentified.

On a later visit to Raleigh to meet with the Convention Center staff, Vickie Young, President of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, and the Local Host Chair, and I decided to venture out to the area where the photos were supposedly made. When Vickie and I entered the building where the records might be located, the park ranger was busy helping some campers, so we wandered over to an exhibit area. As I stepped to the second panel, my eyes beheld a friendly face – the same young man in our photo! His family had lived in the park area in the 1930s, and his name was Glenn.

Glenn’s story and the stories of thousands of other families will be tied into a wonderful thread for our Opening Session at the 2017 NGS Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Come join us, and remember, Family History Lives Here.”