One of the great genealogical gifts is the discovery of a family item thought lost or gone for good. How often have we been lucky enough to stumble upon a long forgotten photo or cherished artifact?
An article from the Jacksonville (FL) Journal Courier has been making the rounds of genealogical newsletters and websites. That article, found at http://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/family-37126-long-county.html, describes a man's search for some long missing family photographs. It has started many wondering how to find their own "missing" (misplaced or long lost) items.
Marian Pierre-Louis of Marian's Roots and Rambles (http://rootsandrambles.blogspot.com/2011/12/genre-and-genealogy.html) has proposed some tips for finding those artifacts. She suggested beginning, much as the article's subject did, with contacting living relatives. Blog posts may also be helpful in making your search known.
You may also want to consider a few more things. Check genealogical message boards on Genforum and Rootsweb for your ancestor's area. Discovered items are often listed in posts. As aforementioned, make sure that you check eBay listings for the area and the type of artifact. Check with the local historical society to see if they've received any of your family items. And never forget Google.