The thieves who broke into a storage locker in Auburn, Washington, last month did more than cut a lock and steal two trunks and antique chairs. They also broke the heart of a 94-year-old woman.
In one of those beat-up old trunks lay the riches of Juanita Adkinson's family: a detailed genealogy of births, deaths, and marriages dating to 1650, all pieced together by Adkinson during 60 years of patient, plodding research.
Gone is every photograph and scrap of information Adkinson could amass about her mother's side of the family. Gone, too, are her mother's and maternal grandmother's marriage certificates, her own marriage and birth certificates, her wedding pictures and the only photograph she had of her paternal grandfather.
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