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.

Share below!

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m 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

+6 votes

Recently my Aunt passed away and tucked in her mountain of photos was a picture of my grandfather John MacKinley Leeland in his Army uniform. I had never seen this photo before and most surprisingly my father was unaware his father was a sergeant during WWI because he never spoke about his time in the war. We only knew he received a Purple Heart and disability because he lost sight in one eye and sustained damage to a leg due to shrapnel.

I still can't find any references to the pin he has on his lapel; more research needed!

John MacKinley Leeland

by Shanna Leeland G2G6 Mach 5 (54.6k points)
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I don’t have a photo to upload. All my family pics I can find include still living relatives. I chose to do 52Ancestors rather than 52 photos for exactly that reason.

My fatherDouglas Poole was an English Bobby. Back in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s he and another Bobby were front page photo with little boy lost as they strolled down a London street, taking the boy to the Police Station.

My Nanny had the pic on her mantle, wish I could find a copy.

It is lovely to see all the old time photos and their dress.

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by Marion Poole
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This photograph is of my maternal grandmother, her oldest daughter, Elder May, and oldest son, George Levi, his wife Marvel, and me in the front. My little brother is being held by my aunt, and my cousin Boyd Emile is in the back. 
My Uncle George had been diagnosed with cancer, and died soon after this. My cousin Boyd Emile committed suicide at about 21. 
My aunt adopted my little brother. 

by Sheri Taylor G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)
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I'm a little closer to being caught up. I can't find find the family reunion photos I have and I don't know half the people in them, so I decided to put together a montage of the family photos the family has of my Grandfather George Adam Counce and wrote my blog about him instead.

by T Counce G2G6 Mach 6 (63.2k points)
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While not a direct ancestor, 'Pops' Haack, and his father, were both photographers. Among the first few professional photographers in Cape Town. You'd think there'd be a lot more photo's of the family around, but they were too busy capturing their clients likeness and paying bills I guess.

by Toni Andrews G2G6 (6.7k points)
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This family photo was in a sorry state when I was shown it. The photo was  all scratched. To repair the whole photo would cost a lot, so I had the faces repaired. It is the photo of my gr. grandfather David Lambie, his parents and six sisters.

by David Urquhart G2G6 Pilot (150k points)
Wow, they did a great job on the repair! What a treasure!
Thanks Nelda,

Not bad eh. $100 just for the faces. couldn't afford to fix the whole lot.
+5 votes

The post I made earlier disappeared!  Here goes again:

I couldn't figure out how to insert a photo into the answer, so I uploaded it to the profile of Carl August Schilling http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Schilling-812 This photo was taken about 1898, just before the eldest daughter, Adeline, was to be married.  That's Adeline, the tallest girl in back row, center.  Her sister Anna is on her left and Emma on her right.  Walter is the boy in the big white bow tie and his sister Leonora is seated in front of him, in the plaid blouse.  Both Walter and Leonora wrote unpublished family memoirs.  My grandmother Bertha is standing beside Emma and behind seated brother Daniel.  Little George is on mama Ottilie's lap, and papa August is seated opposite.  Brother Sam is seated front row, right.  The photo was taken in Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin.  They were all very serious (except maybe baby George) because this was a serious occasion for history.  I have other photos of mama Ottilie, and she has a beautiful smile.

by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Pilot (129k points)
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Annie (Dunlop) Macintyre did not often have all her children and grandchildren together, but that happened this picture. The baby on her lap was Archibald Alexander Macintyre born in 1918 in Ferintosh, Alberta.Annie Macintyre will all her children & grandchildren

by Judith Chidlow G2G6 Mach 4 (43.1k points)
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This photo of my great grandmother, her parents and three of her eight siblings was an exciting find several years ago on ancestry.com. Not sure about the when (about 1908?), why and where (Minnesota?) on this photo. 

My great grandmother, Lucy Amanda (Jones) Neil is the tallest girl in the back left, then Herman and Ella. 2nd great grandfather, William Nelson Jones, Willard and then 2nd great grandmother, Krishanna Dora (Ihda) Jones.

by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
+5 votes

This is a pic of my great grand-parents on their wedding day in 1903. 


by Eileen Reynolds G2G3 (3.4k points)
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I haven’t figured out how to add pictures here but it is on their pages. 

Ella  with her Mother Polly together in Polly’s yard in Menifee County Kentucky. I have guesstimated around 1930. 

When I received this photo I was overtaken by emotion. I knew so much about them and their lives and to finally put faces to women that I already loved was just too much for this softy. 

by Pam Dale G2G6 Mach 4 (44.9k points)
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My great, great grandfather, Reuben Adam "Rube Ad" Vincent, who looks like a very serious man in this old photo. It was probably taken on a Riverboat on the Green River at Brownsville, Kentucky.

Reuben Adam Vincent

by Bill Vincent G2G6 Pilot (134k points)
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Here is my family photo picture of my great grandfather and great grandfather family which is my grandfather or my mom's father's family which they had 11 kids. His name is John Williams Leonard and her name is Laura Rominger Leonard. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-5595.

Here is the picture: I will add names and their profile a little later.


This is John Wife Laura Elmira Rominger, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Rominger-119. Here is their kids:

Ella Walls Leonard https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-8012

Lester Bolton Leonard:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-8013

LeRoy Leonard: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-8014

Summers Lyle Leonard, Sr:my granddad which is my mom's dad:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-5596

Franklin Elcanah Leonard:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-8015

Ruby Beatrice Leonard:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-5582

Mary Jane Leonard: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-8687

John Wesley Leonard:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-8017

and Lloyd Reece Leonard:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-8018

by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
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My father passed away in October 1970. Shortly after, my mother had a family photo taken, probably the first professional family photo we had. Most of my family photos, pictures, etc. were destroyed by my first stepfather in one of his fits. Somehow, the photocopy of that early family photo has survived.
by Tess Obenauf G2G6 (8.8k points)

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