As I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts that a recent discovery for me is the vast number of helpful genealogical podcasts available on iTunes. Last week in my attempts to catch up on all of the great tidbits I’ve missed in neglecting these podcasts, I listened to an episode of Season 1 Genealogy Gems by Lisa Louise Cooke in which she describes searching for videos on youtube. I took her advice and as soon as I got home that day I entered a search for Oxford, NC. I didn’t think I’d find anything, but….
Surprise #1: Lo and behold, the search brought up quite a few videos that were taken in Oxford town center during the late 1930′s. Happy day! This is around the time my ancestors lived in that area. I spent the next hour watching all of the videos, enjoying a view of what life would have been like for my ancestors during those times. Now that’s a gem!!
Surprise #2: I love to share anything to do with my family history so I sent the link to the videos to my Dad. He emailed me back saying he believes that one of the men in the first video is a direct ancestor. He provided me with a picture of Wilson Cottrell (below), and in my opinion it looks pretty close to the man in the video, but I’m no expert.
So I’m wondering what you think…
I provided a link to the video at the bottom of this post, underneath the picture of Wilson. When you watch the video, the person in question appears around 8:10, and he has a crutch under his right arm.
The YouTube link should open at 8:05, which is only a few seconds before the man with the crutch appears. It’s FAST – so you can use the moving ‘dot’ at the bottom of the screen to drag backward and forward if you want to rewind or go forward.
Leave a comment and let me know if you think video man and the man in the picture could be the same person or if I’m just suffering from wishful thinking.