After my grandparents passed away my mom and her four siblings were left in charge of cleaning my grandparents' house...deciding which items were worth saving, selling, giving away, and trashing.
I was only in 7th grade at the time, but I remember getting my grandma's gold chain with a gold "M" initial, as I was the only one in the family with an "M" name, and a white stuffed bear my grandma kept in her spare bedroom. I also remember a lot of fighting over who gets what item.
Other items were split between my mom and her siblings. Some of the more valuable items, like my grandparent's record collection containing Frank Sinatra and other 50's and 60's music stars were given to my uncle for safe keeping and eventual selling. My mom received my grandma's Precious Moments navity set, and my aunt received the remaining Precious Moments statues that my grandma had collected. Christmas decorations (a BIG deal in my family), jewelry, pots and pans, and other items were split between each sibling. Each of the siblings also received their baby books that grandma had put together for them when they were born. But what happened to the rest of the family photos?!
No one inquired about the photos until I did, almost twelve years after my grandparents' deaths. My mom and her siblings had planned on going through the photos and splitting up the photos between the five of them. Somehow, life got in the way and the pictures were never looked at, and they forgot who received the photos for safe keeping. (So safe they can't even find them....)
My aunt, the oldest, thought she had the photos, but after going through her attic, basement, and spare bedroom determined she didn't have them. My mom and I searched the basement, crawl space, and picture boxes and albums and couldn't find them. My uncle in Florida didn't have them, and my mom's other sister didn't have them. So that leaves, my other uncle, who we *hope* has them.
The unfortunate thing is I seem to be the only person interested in finding the photos.
With digital technology available, I offered to scan the photos and make a CD for each sibling, so they wouldn't have to "split up the pictures". But....that requires my aunts and uncles to find the photos.
Other than a few emails, reminders, and phone calls, I don't know how to find these pictures. I can't search their houses for the pictures, and I haven't quite sparked their interest in finding the pictures. The pictures are supposed to include pictures of both my grandparents as children and their respective families. Pictures of family members I have never seen.