One of the mistakes I have made over the years has been not asking enough questions of people while they were still living. My paternal grandmother was one such I should have asked for information and clarification, but I didn't, so am still paying the price.
Grandma had seven siblings—only two of them brothers. Two of the sisters were half-siblings, as my Great-Grandmother died when Grandma was 22 and away serving in the military during the Great War. Great -Grandad remarried. All well and good so far.
Fast forward a few decades and I come on the scene. Grandma gifts me with snippets of family history and photographs (not many, because she had them all lined up on the dresser, which is where they stayed until she died, when they went to my Dad). Unfortunately, she didn't always write on the backs of those photos who was which person on the front—so I have a couple of lovely photographs of two of my Grand-Aunts: Lena and Nettie, but no idea of which was which. As such, this was how I knew them until last year: Lena and Nettie. Big mistake not asking, because tracking down their births was not the easiest of tasks, but I was determined to find sources other than my "family records, letters, journals, photographs, etc" (which are perfectly valid sources, but they aren't accessible to anyone else, so are not very handy).
Perseverance (aka being more stubborn than a mule) pays off, and I eventually found "Lena" was actually Eleanor; and "Nettie" was actually Annetta Irene (Wilton née Perman). Now, *I* think "Annetta" is a lovely name, as is Eleanor, but I have a feeling my Grandma felt them a tad too "common", so I was told the names by which I always knew them (Lena and Nettie). So—I found their birth registrations to back up what my records told me, then I found the marriage registrations for them as well.
The trouble is, even though I found out more than I had known, I am still in the dark, due to that early mistake of not asking questions while people are alive to give the answers, regards which photograph is Lena and which is Nettie—so I made them into a single image and it now resides on both their profiles.
Maybe, one day, one of my English cousins will stumble on Wikitree, find those profiles and will be able to tell me (finally!) which is which!
(37 weeks in, 37th post of sharing.)