Saturday, June 10, 2017

Recent Ancestors' Photographs I Don't Have - SNGF

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, suggested by Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings, is this:
Recent Ancestor Photographs

1)  Do you have photos of all of your ancestors back to the 1850 time frame?  Which recent ancestors do you not have a photograph of? 

2)  Review your files, and list the ancestors for whom you want and/or need to find a photograph.  Also list where they resided and where they died.  Where would you look to find a photograph of them?

3)  Share your answers on your own blog post (and leave a comment here with a link), or on Facebook or other social media.

These are the photos I have:
  • Lee and Audrey (Meinzen) Doyle, my parents
  • Gust and Beulah Mae (Gerner) Doyle, my paternal grandparents
  • W. C. Robert and Emma Virginia (Bickerstaff) Meinzen, my maternal grandparents
  • William and Tressa Rose (Froman) Doyle, paternal great-grandparents
  • Fredrick and Elvira (Bartley) Gerner, paternal great-grandparents
  • Henry Carl and Elizabeth (Armitage) Meinzen, maternal great-grandparents
  • Edward Jesse and Mary (Thompson) Bickerstaff, maternal great-grandparents
  • Andrew and Elizabeth Jane (Laws) Doyle, paternal 2rd great-grandparents (from a small group photo)
  • Dixon Bartley, paternal 2nd great-grandfather

I don't have photos of these 2nd great-grandparents:
  • John Froman, ~1841-~1871, died Mercer County, Pennsylvania
  • Catherine (Saylor) Froman, 1844-1928, died Mercer County, Pennsylvania 
  • Christian Gerner, ~1820-1899, Butler County, Pennsylvania
  • Mary/Elizbeth (Stahl) Gerner, ~1824-after 1880, of Butler County, Pennsylvania
  • Rebecca (Smith) Bartley, 1820-1899, Butler County, Pennsylvania
  • Carl Meinzen, no known dates, born Germany
  • Abel Armitage, 1821- after 1880, Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio
  • Eliza (Hartley) Armitage, ~1813 - btw. 1852-1858, West Riding Yorkshire, England
  • Ellis H. Bickerstaff, 1840-1907, Steubenville, Ohio, and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Emma V. (Nelson) Bickerstaff, ~1845-1878, Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio
  • John Thomas Thompson, ~1850-1923, Jefferson County, Ohio
  • Lydia (Bell) Thompson, 1851-1930, Jefferson County, Ohio, and Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia

I don't have photos of these known 3rd great-grandparents who died after about 1850:
  • Robert Laws, 1810-1881, Northumberland County, England
  • Elizabeth (Thompson) Laws, 1817-1886, Northumberland County, England
  • Jacob Saylor, ~1812-1870, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
  • William Bickerstaff, 1807-1893, Jefferson County, Ohio
  • Susan/Susannah (Holmes) Bickerstaff, 1830-1894, Jefferson County, Ohio
  • Robert Nelson, 1800-1875, Montgomery County, Illinois
  • Catherine (Watson) Nelson, 1806-1876, Montgomery County, Illinois
  • Jacob Thompson, 1820- after 1870, probably Jefferson County, Ohio
  • Mary (Richardson) Thompson, 1822- after 1880, probably Jefferson County, Ohio
  • Jacob Bell, 1824-1915, Jefferson County, Ohio
  • Lydia (Fithen) Bell, ~1826- after 1880, probably died Jefferson County, Ohio

Places to look for photographs (in no particular order):
> Find-a-Grave.  I've seen photos there before but not many earlier photographs.
> Family Old Photos.  Owner submitted photos; most require permission to copy and use
> Dead Fred.
> Mutual descendants (if they can be found)
> Google image search (or general search:  not everyone identifies photos with alt text)
> FamilySearch Family Tree (click Memory tab, then choose Gallery)
> local, county, and state genealogical societies where ancestors lived
> image collections at local libraries (such as vertical files)
> compiled family histories submitted by other genealogists to family history libraries
> newspaper searches (beginning about 1900) if ancestor was well-known in the community, or famous/infamous for some activity/action

Now I have even more searching to do for the 23 direct-line ancestors who could have been photographed during their lifetimes.  Thanks for the fun, Randy. 


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  1. Google Image search is a great idea! I also enjoy the memory area of Family Search. I hope you find the photos you are searching for.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I'm just now remembering that Ancestry may have photos attached to the public trees, too, so that's another possible place to look.

  2. You may also want to try Google books to see if they have scanned old county histories. Those tend to have a bunch of photographs, and bios as well, if you are lucky.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Shasta. I've searched for several ancestors at Google books but haven't found too much, but it's always worth going back every few months because they keep adding to their collection. One never knows which search will give results.


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