Thursday, December 11, 2014

If This Picture Could Talk


I looked at a faded photo of my great grandmother and wish it could talk to me. I am sure she would have many fascinating tales to tell about her journey in life, with all the joys and travails.  The past year I have been creating a family history book of pictures and text. I’m blessed to have boxes of old photographs going back to the late 19th century on both my mom and dad’s side of the family.  The process is slow as I’m scanning, editing and labeling each picture file. I have a ways to go before submitting for publishing, but I’ve had so much fun in doing the research.  The image above is my grandfather’s older sister and brothers aboard his father’s steamship in Scotland in the late 19th century.


Matilda Brown was the wife of my great grandfather, Captain William Brown. She is wearing a cameo with his likeness made from a photograph in Venice on one of his travels at sea.


This is a photograph of my grandmother as a child in San Francisco around 1895. I wish I could go back to that era for a quick visit in a time machine.


My dad loved visiting his grandfather, a country doctor in Missouri.  Life was a challenge for my dad growing up as his mother died in a TB sanatorium in Northern California when he was 12.

The creation of my family history book has been a personal adventure of discovery. I must admit I often get sidetracked when building my family tree on Ancestry.com! The process can really suck you in, but it’s a fabulous tool to find more information about your family. Family history is a blend of fact and fiction just like any history.  As I find more pieces to my family puzzle, it’s really a rewarding endeavor!

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