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Family history . . . Canterbury cousins Jenny Samps (left) and Ray Vincent collected their aunty Norma White's photo album from New Zealand Society of Genealogists South Canterbury branch spokeswoman Liz Shea on Friday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A photo album created by a former Timaru resident has been reunited with family members.

Norma White, born Norma Elsie Bennetts, lived in Timaru and put together the album using photos from a trip to Gisborne to visit fiance Leslie White, their subsequent marriage in Timaru and their new life in Taieri, just out of Dunedin.

Her photo album had ended up in the possession of New Zealand Society of Genealogists South Canterbury branch spokeswoman Liz Shea, who approached The Courier to put out the call to find the album a home in late November.

Mrs Shea had since been contacted by Timaru resident Jenny Samps, who was the niece of Mrs White, and an Ashburton nephew, Ray Vincent.

She returned the book to the family on Friday and Mr Vincent claimed it first to do some more research and to copy some of the photos.

He features in the album, having been the page boy at Mrs White’s wedding to Leslie White.

Mr Vincent found out about the album, which he had seen years ago, through his Geraldine-based daughter who read the story in The Courier

He said after he had done some more research into the details mentioned in the album and copied photos, he would return it to Jenny Samps.

The album had been found by former Terrace Resthome owner Kate Elsen in a cupboard at the Timaru rest-home, where Mrs White’s sister, Grace Falconer, lived until her death in 2007.

Mrs Shea said she was pleased to have reunited the photo album with Mrs White’s relatives.