DENVER -- It’s a random act of kindness that’s opening windows to ancestors and quite possibly your future.
Heirloom Archaeology's mission is to return lost family documents and treasures to its rightful heir.
"We’ve been doing it for 15 years," said Chris Hodge, an heirloom archaeologist who spends his free time locating the owners to lost treasures and family memorabilia that has been found by him or others. "I had someone reach out to me; they let me know they had it."
And now he could use some help in Colorado.
The current item Hodge is working on is a family photograph album found in the Hillcrest area of San Diego. It’s a relic from the late 1800s and the photos are believed to be 125 years old. Through research, Hodge discovered the album belongs to the Green family of Colorado.
"We look for symbols. In one of the pictures, there’s a gentleman that says dad and it looks like he’s wearing a police uniform, so we usually reach out to expert in the field," Hodge said.
The album is in mint condition and contains several generations of family photographs. Each photo is labeled with a name and the year it was taken.
"We just love finding these things and researching them and giving them back to the right heirs,” said Hodge, who added he has returned more than 200 items in the past 15 years.
And Hodge doesn't charge for his services.
"I just believe that getting this back to the direct descendants and the rightful heir. I believe that is payment enough to us," he said.
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