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So, yeah. I have all these photos and no way to figure out who the people are! Do you have any of the following (or variants) in your lines? Adams, Allen, Calloway, Cornstuble, Davis, Downing, Garrett, Ginger, Green, Guttery/Gutherie, Moore, Reynolds, Shirley, Stephens, Walker. If so, maybe you would like to flip through my collection: https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=84124398%40N00&view_all=1&text=ge...
I'm slowly adding more and more to the collection. Let me know if you recognize a face!
I do have a few labeled photos from surnames: Black, Colley, New, Ebensberger, Edwards, Garrett, Guttery, Miller, Scholl, and Spillar.
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I've made a "best guess" in some cases, noting that it is only a guess. There can't be much harm in making an error, and giving up by throwing out the photos would be a permanent loss that can't be undone. My great-aunt did not recognize a photo I have come to believe was of her great-grandparents. I arrived at my guess based on a photographer's emblem on the photo that confirmed where it was taken, and the fact it was mixed in with her grandfather's belongings so these people were related to him.
My Guthries are recently from West Virginia and Ohio but before 1820 or so they're in Connecticut. I don't think I'd be any help there though, as we don't have any old pictures of that lot.
That picture of the fat baby in the oval frame is priceless!
>3 mabith: RE: Davis. I haven't traced the line much, but the current known ancestor is from Tennessee with supposition that her father and grandfather are from North Carolina.
I struggle endlessly with almost every family line because we have lived in Texas since it was still part of Mexico. Plus, Texans seem to be notorious for just inventing their family history...or beaming down from the mothership. Or maybe that's just people. Either way, anything before 1850 is becoming a slow lesson in patience and learning new documents I know nothing about.
Davis - one of my great-great Davis aunts moved to North Carolina, but of course her children wouldn't have had the Davis name. I'll look in that family tree just in case, since some locations are listed and that tree is pretty exhaustive.
Very tough to work those things out in Texas! Need church records and old family Bibles, I imagine. It's a bit funny, because my mom's family (parent, siblings) ended up in Houston after they left Egypt in the 1960s and stayed in Texas and New Mexico for most of my childhood. The nice thing with West Virginia is they've scanned loads and loads of records and made them searchable. WV family I can find marriage records, death records, birth records which I can't find (free online) for Virginia or New York. Extra funny since the Appalachian attitude usually leans away from telling the government much...
It was actually an understandable confusion. One of my cousins did the research. Those ancestors were Mormon, and there was indeed an Indian wife (Shoshone, not Cherokee), but it was a marriage of alliance, and she didn't live with her husband, nor did she have any children. Even if she had been my (gets out fingers for counting) great great grandmother, that would have made my father one-fourth, and me one-eighth.
After going through the DNA mapping, I saw that it mapped precisely to my genealogy sheets (no surprises, sadly). It's almost entirely western European, and concentrated in Scotland, England, and Wales.
If I was a better person, I'd do a little checking to see if I could fill in blanks in the Scots area being currently looked at (Gutherie et al). I haven't logged into 23andme in months (I suspect I'm too private to take advantage of most of what they offer). Maybe later.
Besides, it never hurts to have multiple opinions.
A more likely option--other than "mis-slotting" your results--is a "non-family" parent. Either known or unknown.
What I've done, is I put together all the people that look alike. If I can associate somebody with somebody I know, I reorganize the piles to show this. This has helped me when I meet up with a relative that recognizes someone. If everything is organized, a recognition becomes a HUGE game changer.
Another good thing about organizing photos on facial cues is teaching your brain to recognize familial traits. That's what I've learned.
Try looking into photo manufacturers, historical context, and geographic scenery. I have a photo of my great grandfather and found a goat in the background. from that info and my knowledge of where he lived, I was able to find out where the photo was taken and why.
Photos can be very intriguing, even if you think you don't know the face associated with it. You have to remember also, there's a reason your relative had those photos to begin with.
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