The Family Album

Turning the pages of an old family album stirs memories, transports us back to a different time, captures our imaginations and leaves us wishing we knew more … click on any photo to enter my family album …

The Weekly Photo Challenge is: Nostalgic

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35 thoughts on “The Family Album

    1. I learned so much about family members when putting together my book “Who Are These People?”. It was exciting picking up each hint and clue and following the cookie-crumb trails.

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        1. Actually I found an incredible amount of information online – full stories about some of my ancestors. One told of a 4x great grandfather leading a caravan of settlers from NY state to Upper Canada and their trials and tribulations, and another story was about a 9x great grandfather’s voyage from Bristol England to Massachusetts in 1635.

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          1. That’s awesome. I never had much luck finding my dad’s side of the family. There were too many of them. Several other people researched my Mom’s side of the family, so I have more knowledge about them

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  1. Mum, we DO come from a long line of beauties, don’t we? All I see is you in that one of Granny and Grandpa with the dog. And I think I know where A got her elegant neck from. The one of Granny in the straw hat makes me smile 🙂

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    1. As women I think we’ve changed over the century more than men have – I think in a broad sense we have lost a lot of our mystery and therefore much our old world elegance.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I am fortunate to be able to remember all of my 4 grandparents. Marion’s mother (Marion is the girl in the hammock) kept a journal about Marion and it was in there that I found the story about Marion being referred to as the most beautiful girl in Dinan (which is in Brittany, France)

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    1. It was amazing the stories we were able to unearth with a bit digging – I seem to come from fairly sturdy stock – people who wanted to help others as they could. A very nice legacy.

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    1. Yes, she was and she was playful and fun with an impish sense of humour. And we are lucky to have so many photos – unfortunately I have several old portrait type shots with no indication of who they are, the only assumption that they fit into the family somehow, but – ? And I threw out a whole album of old shots going back to the early 1900s because there was not a single notation, date, name, location – nothing. My grandmother once wrote on the back of one of her photos the useless notation: “taken this summer” 🙂 Perhaps, as I said earlier, people didn’t realize how long these photos would last and the interest they would hold for future generations.

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  2. How lucky you are to have such an album… the family history is so nice to have… wonderful photos, do you think they were taken professionally.???

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    1. Three or four of these are professional portraits. I think the candids often say a lot more though. I’ve just completed and self-published a book of stories about my ancestors – I was lucky to have a lot of family photos to include. So often there are pictures, and no names, no indication at all of who they are. My own mother-in-law’s comment was … “I know who they are” … I think with the really old photos people didn’t realize just how long they would last – that they would be around generations later with people wondering, who are these people … which happens to be the name of my book 🙂

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