This is my favorite photograph of my maternal grandmother, Gladys Margaret Marling Norris. I chose this as my "Treasure Chest Thursday" item for several reasons. First of all, it is a beautiful portrait of a very special person in my life. Secondly, it stands out in my mind because it was not originally "colorized". At the beginning of my internet research, I uploaded several family photos, including this one in black and white, to the Ancient Faces website. Not long after I had done that, I received an email from a gentleman, including this colorized photograph of my grandmother. He went on to tell me how nice he thought it was that I had remembered my family members by adding them to the website. Because of that, he had added color to the portrait for me. What an incredible gift from a stranger. During the time I have been researching my family history, I have come into contact with many people who have volunteered to photograph burial sites, copy records, and various other kind gestures with no expectation of monetary reward. They, like I, get joy out of sharing the experience of learning more about our family history experience.
That is why I love the genealogy community so much. So, my grandmother is my treasure today; along with the community of family history researchers!