Update: This photo is of my grandmother Rasma’s cousin Yuri Vinakmens son of Arnolds and Valentina, who stayed in Latvia when Rasma’s family fled. This picture was probably contemporary with the last time Rasma and Yuri ever saw one another.
Finding living relatives in Russia has been a highlight of my genealogical journey.
Besides just finding more family, another benefit is more photos from an even earlier time have survived in the posession of my great-great uncle Arnolds Vinakmens and his family (likely because they did not have to make a frantic cross-European country, cross-Atlantic trip!)
This one above is the earliest photo I have seen of my great-grandfather Karlis, who is still just a teen here. It’s also the only photo I’ve seen of great-great-uncle Janis Rudolfs Vinakmens as a young man, and the first of a few photos I’ve seen of my great-great uncle Arnolds.
I love old photos. Sometimes between the documents and records and scribbling and stories, you still have a hard time gripping someone’s life story until you see a picture, then they come alive!