52 Ancestors Week 8: Family Photo

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imageReady for Week 8 of the 52 Ancestors challenge?

You're encouraged to share a profile of an ancestor or relative who matches the week's theme. This week's sharing prompt:


From Amy Johnson Crow:

I don't have a lot of ancestral photos. Having a photo taken was likely seen as an indulgent luxury -- or simply something that didn't fit the budget. Maybe that lack of photos from his childhood is why my dad was always so insistent on taking pictures as my sisters and I were growing up.

What is a family photo that has special meaning for you? Tell about the people in the photo, when and where it was taken, and why it was taken.

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.9m points)
edited by Eowyn Walker
I don't have much in the way of "ancestral" photographs (my mother's only child kept them after Mother died) .. am I allowed to post a pic of living people if I have their permission?

ETA : I guess not.  Well, back to the hunt.
Where is the link to paste the photo? Or should we paste it to the profile and then link to it or how would I copy it here?

74 Answers

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I do not have any family photos of my ancestors on any WikiTree profile because they are not my photos to upload; however, my great-grandfather's profile (Leonard Charles Uttingdoes contain a photo of him in his military uniform from his service in the First World War.

by Amelia Utting G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
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This is my great grandparents Alvin Porter and Phoebe Palestine Long homesteading the land they acquired in the 1893 Oklahoma Land Run. My grandmother is the child in the highchair, and the sod house behind them is where they lived. They had 12 children, and they all lived to over seventy years of age.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (530k points)
very cute
Thank you for sharing this photo and the history that goes with it. I find that time period in US history very interesting.

I love the highchair in the grass, and your grandmother looks like she's on her way down.  I suspect she was a handful smiley

Laurie, You sure called that one. She later ruled the whole family.
Thanks Robin, Phoebe and her youger sister made the run together. Alvin Porter had the land next to her’s. He got sick, and she took care of him, so he married her.There are several photos of the run, but I have never seen one with two women in a wagon.
What a wonderful photo of your grandparents Alex, love the photo with the gorgeous children too

Really sweet photo thank you for sharing
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This is my great grand parents with his children and grandchildren 

They had 13 children 

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
What a fabulous photo from Denmark. I love seeing the beautiful details in the dresses. I thought the sash was interesting. Thank you for sharing your wonderful family.
Wow, that's a lot of kids!  We can barely manage two!
Susan, what a beautiful family. They all look so fine. Thank you for sharing this photo.
I think it illustrates Amy Johnson Crow's point, pictures were rare - I notice how each of the children is paying attention the camera.  

I come from a large family, and we have lots of Kodak shots of family groups, but usually there is at least one squirmer to spoil the perfection.  This one is perfect!
How very kind of you Alex to mention this you are very kind much appreciated
Hi hi SJ yes my granddad had many siblings I really love this photo of my great grandparents with there children and grandchildren
Thank You Robin much appreciated
I never thought about that Laurie but how right you are every body behave so great

Thank You for notes

The children must be very great brought up
What a good-looking family!
Thank You Maggie how kind of you
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a picture of my grandparents with all their children. Even my mother is in it, she's in the belly :)
Seems like you have to open the picture in a new tab to see the whole pic. Don't know what's going wrong here

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (928k points)
edited by Jelena Eckstädt
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This is my McDaniel Family.  Amos McDaniel (3rdGreat-Grandfather) and Leannah Cory in the Middle, George McDaniel (2ndGreat-Grandfather) and Mary Mitchell on the Left, and Arthur McDaniel (Great-Grandfather) on George's lap.

by Eric McDaniel G2G6 Mach 4 (40.9k points)
Three generations! I think this is a great photo. Thank you for sharing it.
Wonderful photo of the family photo I think everyone on the photo look so amazing

Thank You Eric for sharing
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One of the earliest family photos is taken in 1910. Four men and a woman sitting round a table while one of the man is pouring everyone a cup of tea/coffee. The photo is taken of the siblings van Hout during the visit of their brother Anton to the home country who had emigrated to the USA in 1887. It was such a special occasion that a professional photographer was hired to make this picture (and another of the whole village before the local church) I have the original of my branch of the family. The descendants of Anton in South Dakotah have another one.
by Eef van Hout G2G6 Pilot (154k points)
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This is the Capes Clan - I know who half of the people are in this picture, while the other half are complete mysteries to me. But the familial resemblance is uncanny! Photos are amazing little windows into the past and I love and treasure each one.

by Toni Andrews G2G6 (6.7k points)
Great photo, and they all look so happy. Thanks for sharing it.

Hahaha, I don't think smiling is huge in my family - maybe it's bad dental work wink

I've noticed that a lot of the photos have unsmiling folks, including mine. Perhaps no one had learned to say "Smile!" yet...
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My great-grandmother on the left with her parents and siblings. A cousin shared this photograph with me. I love the way little Edna is leaning against her Daddy.

by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (423k points)
Her daddy is her hero!
Lovely family photo. I especially like g-great grandmother's dress. Thank you for sharing this.
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Both my grandmothers had photo albums that I became the recipient of. They were both the old ones with black "construction type paper" which of course over the long run destroys photos. One grandmothers are glued on the pages. Here's her picture with her older brother Emerson and younger siblings Frances and William.

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Nice diagonal line - older, younger, youngest...
I noticed the line as well. The baby is sure happy. Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo.
Gorgeous photo Anne they Children are adorable thank You for sharing
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First thing's first. We need music and what's better than the theme song from Coco? This goes along with the pictures shown here and definitely goes along with the pics I am going to show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7VPdpEV1m0

That song is so good. No wonder it won an Oscar!

Onto the pics. Two from each side of the family. Ready? Ready!

The Ferraiolos when they first arrived in America: https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Ferraiolo-5

That's Vincenzo Ferraiolo and Maria Tedesco with my grandfather and my great-aunt. This was taken in March of 1929. 

The wedding anniversary of John Procopio and Angela Coppola: https://www.wikitree.com/photo/png/Coppola-197

I don't have any pictures of my 2X great-grandmother, Caterina. However, I do have pictures of her siblings, Concetta, Rosa, Giovanni and Paolo. Concetta in this picture is in the back row and second from the right. Rosa is right in front of her. This was taken around 1944 and is in the Italians in Haverhill book. Wish I had a pic of Caterina. She stayed in Italy and all of her siblings came to America.

Moving onto my mom's side we have this group: https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Laplante-321

Front row is my 2x great-grandfather, Joseph Laplante holding my mother. Behind him from left to right is Joseph's wife, Georgianna, my grandfather, Robert and his mother Clara. Clara's holding my aunt Susan. This was taken in the early 1950s.

The final pic is one of the Felker clan: 


The kids in the front row are living except for the second one from the left.  So, I won't label them. Gotta love the skunk eye though. =)

On the couch from left to right is: My mom, My grandmother, my great-grandfather, Austin Wilfred Felker, my great-grandmother, Henrietta Legault, Eleanor Felker.

Back row: My grandfather, Robert. He took lots of pics. Photography was a hobby of his. Isabelle Noon and her husband Austin Felker. Dorothy Felker , Norma and her husband Norman Felker. Elaine (Who is still alive) and her husband, Richard.

Wow that's a lot of people. Haha. Enjoy! 

Bonus round. The oldest pic I have from 1891 of the Ross family: https://www.wikitree.com/photo/png/Ross-13086-1

Pictured are: 

Top Row left to right: Andrew Casey and Clara Ross

Second Row left to right: Loretta Fegan, James Pollard and Annie Ross 

Third Row left to right: Georgianna Ross, Nelson Ross and Joseph Laplante.

And here's more of the Coppola family from the Italians in Haverhill book: https://www.wikitree.com/photo/png/Coppola-221

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (519k points)
edited by Chris Ferraiolo
In the bonus round, they Ross family are wearing great hats!
Yeah! The height of late 19th century fashion right there. In her later years, Georgianna had a long, long hair braid. Kind of cheated having two pics of Joseph and Georgianna up there. Whoops. Oh well!
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My great-grandmother Ingrid Amanda Helgren and her siblings and parents in Minnesota after arrival from Sweden.

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by SJ Baty
Thank you, SJ, for sharing this lovely photo.
SJ amazing photo of your great grandmother and her siblings from Sweden

Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
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I don't have many family photos the ones I have are from my divorced parents wedding album. When my grandmother died we lost her house. It sat vacant for years and my cousin bought it. His wife felt that our family memories were not worth sifting through as she shoveled them out into a garbage bin. The phrase she used on Facebook to blast a woman she never knew because her husband didn't want to spend the time of day seeing her or her last moments was "I can't believe anyone could ever live like this, so disgusting."

I thank god everyday for friends who knew my grandparents because they help to share those lost memories.
by Christine Preston G2G6 Mach 5 (51.3k points)
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This isn't a family group, shot, its the only surviving picture of my great-grandfather Reverend William Reid Robinson

He grew up in an impoverished family in rural New Brunswick, and put himself through university the hard way - working to earn the money for each year, and never knowing if when he would manage to get back for another year of studies. But he persisted, and was ordained a Baptist minister at the age of 35. After about 8 years of exploring the luxuries of his new life, he walked away, and dedicated his life to the poor on the Saint John New Brunswick harbourfront. 

There are no pictures in part because of the cost, and in part because he walked away. His wife's family cut him off, but his career and passions inspired his son, then my mother, me, and now my daughter in our career choices.  

Plus, he looks just like my brother.

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by Laurie Giffin G2G6 Mach 9 (92.4k points)
Very cool pic! =D
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This is not the best picture, but I just love it anyway. My great-grandma, Grace Roberts Mott always seems like such a classy, wonderful lady in all of the pictures I've seen of her. She passed away when I was 7 years old, so I really have no memories of her, but I love that this picture captures the craziness and chaos of kids and Grace is just standing in the middle of it with such grace! This is a photo of her with most of her great-grandchildren two years before she passed away at the age of 84.

Grace Mott and her Great-Grandchildren

by Anonymous Tuma G2G6 Mach 1 (14.4k points)
I love this photo too. How wonderful that she lived long enough to enjoy all these great grandchildren. Thank you for sharing it.
She looks lovely.  Are you in the picture Cory?
I am. The second kiddo in on the right, in red, with my hair in my face. My hair is always in my face! LOL
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This is one of my favorite family photos. It is of my maternal grandparents and their seven children. I believe it was taken around 1930.

They are (in the back row) Mildred, T., Helen, (in the front row) Ruth, Betty (my mother), Otis, Harold, Bertha, and Alice.  They lived in Canon City, Fremont, Colorado.

by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
My dear Robin you have a wonderful family, they all look so gorgeous dress in there nice outfit.

Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo photo
Look at the family resemblance!  The children who don't look like their father are the spitting image of their mother, there aren't too many recessive genes apparentl!  I wonder if the resemblance is still apparent in the modern generation.
Thank you, Susan. I especially like the way my mother is with my grandfather, and my Aunt Alice is with my grandmother. They were the babies and each parent's"favorite".
Laurie, I agree with you. In my family we mostly take after my father's side though some have said my sister and I look like my mom. All the aunts and uncles are gone now, but as children and young adults, a lot of the cousins were obviously Witcher's.
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This week I have decided to share a photograph of my grandmother's family. 

This is my great grandfather James William Smith, his second wife Agnes (Fullerton) Smith, and 11 of James William's 13 living children, in 1936. 

This is my blog post this week:

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 8 - Family Photo - J.W. Smith and Family

by A O'Brien G2G6 Mach 1 (13.8k points)
This is a wonderful photo! Everyone is dressed so nicely, and the front row women look so proper. Thank you for sharing it.
Thank you Robin, this is one of my favourite photos.
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My great great grandfather, George Pinckney, hit the Oregon Trail in the late 1800's, and veered north into Canada where he established a homestead (and where my grandfather was born).  I have one picture of him on the trail with his fellow travelers roughing the harsh winter conditions.  This is by far my favorite family photo.

by William Catambay G2G6 Mach 2 (22.3k points)
Wow! A Kodak moment on the Oregon Trail.  I can imagine packing the equipment on the journey, but I can't imagine pulling it all out and setting up in those conditions. And the boys don't look like they were stopping for long.  Do you know which one is your grandfather?
He's the one holding the reigns to the horse (3rd man from left).
Its like looking through a window into the past
Thanks for sharing this wonderful photo. My husband and I have been"camping out" for the past two weeks in our tent trailer while we wait for our new home. We've had lots of weather including a bit of snow, but it hasn't been like your gg grandfather's adventure. My hat is off to him.
What a fabulous family photo! Even though I also come from a pioneer family, I’m sure that I could have never survived the way they did. This photo is certainly a treasure.
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Hoping this works as I have never added a picture before. This is a more recent photo in that is of myself and my family - however it is around 50yrs old and the ONLY photo I have of the five of us together, so it is VERY special to me.  My parents used to have professional photos taken of us kids together every year  which were used to create Christmas Cards,, this is the only year that I know of that they joined us in the studio 

by Freda Ackroyd G2G3 (3.6k points)
It seems to have cut off our my kid sister LOL - my big sister and I used to do that a LOT!!  Yes I am the one on the left with the cute ponytails :)
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My interest in genealogy began in 2017 after my Aunt passed away. She was my mother's only sister and one of very few living relatives we had any contact with. Among her few possessions was a photograph of her parents' wedding and looking at that photo with my mother and trying to identify who was in it was the first time I really found out anything about her family.

by Ray Hawkes G2G6 Mach 5 (51.9k points)
I love these formal shots where the individual characters shine through. Its a great pic
What a lovely photo. I especially like the way the little girls are dressed and the women's hats. Thank you for sharing it.
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I don't remember seeing this photo when I was young.  We found it in a family collection a few years ago.  It's my great grandparents and their children, including my granny, from around 1910.  My granny was the only one of my four grandparents still alive when I was born and she died when I was a very small child. 

I think this must have been taken professionally because of the pose and how they are dressed.  My great grandfather William always has a twinkle in his eyes in photographs, in contrast with my great grandmother Janet, who tends to look a bit dour!

William and family, 1910

by Linda Hawkes G2G6 Mach 3 (37.6k points)
Thank you for this lovely photo. I like the way the women dressed in that era.

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