Sunday, February 21, 2010

Genealogy - Sentimental Sunday No. 40

I've been neglecting my blog lately. Both of my blogs in fact! I've had my head stuck in for the past couple of weeks. I'm researching my family and scanning old family photos. I've come across quite a few photos that don't have any names written on them - and I have NO idea who they are. Frustrating. I am the oldest generation in my family - with the exception of my cousin. However, she doesn't know anything about my Dad's family, only my Mom's. (She's my Mom's First Cousin).

This is my Great Grandmother, Delia Bailey. She was my paternal Grandfather's Mom. I don't know too much about her yet. I do have some information about her father, Elihu Bailey. For instance, he was involved in the organization of the Republican Party in 1856.

This is her first husband, my Grandfathers father, Allen Porter. Really don't know ANYTHING about him. Having a terrible time trying to find out when he died - or even what happened to him really. On the back of this photo someone wrote in 1920 - missing for 27 or 28 years. That was pretty shortly after their third son, my grandfather, was born. I don't know the year that either of these photos was taken. Anyone have an educated guess?


Columbo said...

Great photos, hopefully you will find out more information on them. Genealogy can be fun, and you can get lost in it for hours.

laura said...

I love genealogy! And rocks!!
I have some hard to find ancestors too. Grrrr.....
I don't know what you have tried, but have you checked census reports for misspellings? Porter could be Porder, Parder, Parter depending on accents of the person giving it and also the person taking the information. And have you tried to find his wife?
Who knows maybe your missing granddaddy was a prisoner like mine was! :-)
SO fun that you're finding photos too! Do you know if they are on tin or paper?

scott and vikki said...

i love old family photos its nice you have so many

Kim said...

It's so frustrating how some details are so readily available and others like looking for a needle in a haystack. It's awesome that you're doing it at all though!! Good luck!

laura said...

That's great that you have the photos! Are the thin cardstock or heavy cardstock?
Thinner cardstock was used prior to 1880 and heavier was used after 1880.
After 1890 they started getting fancier with the edges.
I know my info isn't a huge help but it helps narrow it down a bit.

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