Have you visited www.justajoy.com? In 2005, Joy Shivar, an antiques dealer in Huntersville, N.C., started a Web site to sell her own antiques. Last year her site morphed in a listings service that connects genealogists with lost family heirlooms with a Web site she founded in 2005 to sell her own antiques.

For an annual fee of $20, members can list or buy heirlooms that are engraved or otherwise contain a specific surname. Her About section states:

We are different [from] other genealogy sites because we are not specifically in the business of offering information or other digitally prepared images.  We are selling actual and original artifacts such as pictures, documents, etc.  These items usually have value in their own right with collectors but, presumably, are much more valuable to the families with which they connect. Family information, can, however, often be gleaned from the descriptions of the items.   Pictures can also be printed without a purchase of the item – an added value to the site.

By |17 Feb 2012|family photos & records|Comments Off on JustaJoy.com

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”