Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Who Will Tell Their Story? Has a New Home!

newblogWho Will Tell Their Story? now shares a home with my other two genealogy blogs (GenBlog and Writing Your Way to the Past) over at Julie’s Genealogy & History Hub.  This change allows my readers the option to continue to follow one, two, or all three of the original blogs, while allowing me to manage just one space.  Think of Julie’s Genealogy & History Hub as three portals, each with a different target, where you get to choose what you want to follow. 

Because I use Feedburner, most subscribers will be automatically switched and no action is required. 

If for some reason you are seeing this post in a reader, you will need to update your reader subscription.  Again, since Who Will Tell Their Story? has now been combined with GenBlog and Writing Your Way to the Past, you have the option to subscribe to one, two, or all three blogs.  For more information on each blog, refer to the home page of the new blog; you can make your subscription selections from there. Note:  If you currently subscribe to either of the other blogs, those subscriptions may already be updated, so no action may be necessary with those blogs.  Basically, if you see a post in your reader similar to this one for either of the other blogs, you will need to update your reader, otherwise, it’s already been transferred.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and I do hope that you will continue to follow Who Will Tell Their Story? at its new home.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Orphan Photo # 154

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Cute little photograph of Kenneth and Florence, probably siblings.  Too bad there’s no surname or location to work with.  It looks like it was cut out of an old scrapbook (the one’s with the black paper that resembles construction paper).  It’s glued on there pretty good so I don’t want to risk damaging the photo to see if there’s anything written on the back.  So for now, it will remain a mystery.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Orphan Photo #153

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This tiny photograph of a little girl is mounted to an embossed card that serves as a frame.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Orphan Photo #152

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No idea who she is, but I gather she was from Canton, Ohio.  Even though the photographer’s imprint is damaged, I can make out a C and then an O followed by a period.  Since I have other photos from Canton, Ohio, this was my immediate thought. 

Searching on the name Vignos in the US censuses, I found an Augustus Vignos in Canton, Ohio, although the occupation had nothing to do with photography, nor did that of his son Alfred.  But, apparently, the business they ran, although it dealt with cutlery, also included photography (see the following PDF document that someone put together about Augustus, his business, and photography). 

And of course, once I’d already written this post and went to set my tags, I saw that I already had one for a photographer “A Vignos.”  And wouldn’t you know, it was from Canton, Ohio. 

Now that I look at that I take a look at the other photo, I wonder if they are the same person, #152 being a younger Theodosia Currier.  Hmmm.  What do you think?

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Orphan Photo #151

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Poor thing, she looks frightened! 


Monday, April 1, 2013

Orphan Photo #150

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Another photograph by Albert Fowler of Meadville, Pennsylvania.  This woman looks very similar to the woman in another Fowler photo.  Wonder if they’re related?


Friday, March 29, 2013

Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor, Featured Speaker at Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference in September

CalendarThe annual conference of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Naperville, Illinois.  Maureen Taylor, a.k.a. The Photo Detective, is the featured speaker and will present the following lectures:

  • Identifying and Dating Family Photographs
  • Preserving Family Photographs – 1839 to the Present
  • Reading Genealogical and Immigrant Clues in 19th Century Photographs
  • Kodak Moments and Technicolor Dreams: 20th Century Photos and Films in the Family Archive

Maureen will also be providing 15-minute individual consultation for an additional $30 fee on Friday, September 27.

Registration is $35 for FVGS members, $40 for non-members, and $45 for everyone after September 13.  A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.  There will also be genealogy vendors and door prizes.

For additional information about the conference, and to register, visit the FVGS annual conference page on their website.


Found: Ancestoring’s Orphan Photos

foundLast week, Michele Simmons Lewis announced her new blog Ancestoring’s Orphan Photos.  So glad to see another orphan photo blog! 

Be sure to check out my Blog Roll for other orphan photo blogs


Monday, March 25, 2013

Orphan Photo #149

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Very interesting top to this woman’s dress.  I don’t recall seeing anything like it before.  Unfortunately, there is no identifying information for the woman, and the photographer;s imprint has been tampered with.  I can make out just a few letters “Roche,” which could be Rochester I suppose.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Orphan Photo #148

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Most likely these young ladies are sisters.  The photo is mounted on a board embossed with a very detailed and ornate pattern.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Orphan Photo #147

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Not sure who the woman is in the CDV.  She appears to have some sort of broach on her collar…I wonder what it is.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Orphan Photo #146

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No identification for the gentleman in this cabinet card.  The imprint reads Fowler, in Meadville, PA.  I’m pretty sure it’s the same Albert Fowler I’ve written about before, especially since on closer inspection the monogram in the middle contains an A, an R, and an F.  And looking back at another Fowler cabinet card, I see the same monogram that’s on this one.  In fact, the imprint is the same, but the board color is different.  Seeing as these photos came from the same mixed batch, I wonder if they’re all related.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Orphan Photos #144 & #145

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These photographs were taken by the same photographer, Dowe, and you’ll notice that the same chair is used in both.  I can tell by the board and the different style imprints that they were taken at different times.  Upon closer inspection, I have a feeling that the toddler in the one photo is also the infant in the other photo, as they both show similar facial features and the same hairline.  Here’s a close-up view.  What do you think?

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Orphan Photo #143

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I have another picture from this same photographer using the same prop.  I believe they were taken at different times only because the photographer’s imprint is slightly different between the two.  Here’s a close-up of the imprint from the other photo.  See how the font for the address, both street and city/state are different?


I wonder if it’s the same girl, first as an infant, then as a toddler, as they really look similar.

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As noted in the first post for this photographer, it is probably George Palmer, born about 1837 in England.1  He is listed in both the 1880 and 1900 censuses living in Buffalo, New York with the occupation of a photographer.2


1.  1880 U.S. census population schedule, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, enumeration district (ED) 158, p. 12 (written), dwelling 65, family 88, George Palmer; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 February 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 831.   Also, 1900 U.S. census population schedule, Buffalo Ward 24, Erie County, New York, enumeration district (ED) 208, sheet 98A, dwelling 280, family 273, George Palmer; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 February 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1032. 

2.  Ibid.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Orphan Photos #141 & #142

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These ladies are dressed similarly and the photos were likely taken together.  It’s possible that the gals are related.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Orphan Photo #140

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This particular photo has a glossy finish and is mounted to a board with a ribbed finish.  The photographer’s imprint reads:  Fichtel, 126 Bergen Line Ave., Union Hill, N.J.  Previous research on this photographer indicates that it is likely Sigmund Fichtel, who was listed in the 1900 census as a photographer, living in Union with his wife Margureth.1


1.  1900 U.S. census, population schedule, Union Ward 1, Hudson County, New Jersey, enumeration district (ED) 57, sheet 7A, page 146 (stamped), dwelling 91, family 154, Sigmund Fichtel, digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 August 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 974.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Orphan Photo #139

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Husband and wife?  Father and daughter?  Not sure and the lack of identification doesn’t help.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Orphan Photo #138

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Too cute!  I wonder who they are.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Orphan Photo #137

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It would appear by the boy’s scrunched face that he is not thrilled about having to pose for this photo.  No idea who he is or where he’s from.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Who Will Tell Their Story? Turns 4 Today!

4Thank you to all my readers who have followed along all these years.  I hope you enjoy these old photos as much as I do. 

Here’s hoping for some happy reunions in 2013!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Found: Find Your Family

foundYet another orphan photo blog.  This one is Find Your Family.  Be sure to check out my Blog Roll for other orphan photo blogs.  It’s nice to know I’m not the only nutjob, crazy person, enthusiast out there saving these old photos from the dump and trying to reunite them with family.


Monday, January 7, 2013

Orphan Photo #136

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This photo, of two young boys, is pretty rough, but it’s cute nonetheless.  Unfortunately, the boys are unidentified.


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