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"The ancestor of every action is a thought." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday
Mar152011

* the wedding garland

The Wedding Garland is a very precious book of love poems compiled by Louise Dunham Goldsberry. The book was passed down from my great grandmother Edith. This particular edition was published by Jenings and Graham and printed in Germany (copyright 1896). Isn't it amazing this book still exists!? Kept by my ancestors for over 100 years!

 

 This beautifully illustrated book is made up of poems describing the journey of love and marriage. A few of the poets include: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Jaques Jasmin, and Jean Ingelow. The pages are heavy weight paper decorated with angelic illustrations and vintage scrolls, finished with gold edges and bound togther with leather and cloth. It's such a beautiful gift for a bride to be! I wonder who gave this to Edith and Wentworth...

 A page documenting the details of Edith and Wentworth's wedding day completes this family treasure! I am so thankful this book has been preserved all these years. It's really inspiring...What potential family treasures are hiding in your storage closet?  

Monday
Mar142011

* trying to identify mystery family pictures

After going through all of my old family pictures, I organized them by family and was left with a pile of unknown mystery pictures. These pictures have no labels or snippets of information. It was easy to put them into the back of my photo album and focus my time on scanning and attaching the known faces to a name. After working with the labeled pictures I had more information and clues to help me when examining the mystery pictures. These pictures have been passed down by many generations and my thoughtful ancestors added whatever information they had about the picture's location or their own personal relationship to the individual. ANY clues are a luck find, but it can be very frustrating when can't identify unknown faces! I'd love the opportunity to share a picture of someones ancestor with them!

5 mystery pictures...

Mystery Photo #1. "Santa Rosa"

On the back of this picture it simply says "Santa Rosa", what does that mean????? I know this is a Shaw Family portrait with my great great grandmother Ann, great grandmother Edith, and my grandmother Marjorie. A few of the others I am able to identify from other labeled Shaw pictures, but most are just guesses or completely unknown. The only clues in this picture are the ages of Ann and Marjorie, Ann died in 1939 and Marjorie was born in 1917. That tells me the picture was taken on or before 1939 and from the looks of Marjorie she is about 15-20? So I am guessing this picture was taken sometime between 1932-1939.

Mystery Photo #2. Woman and baby Tintype

This mystery may never be solved, I think it's likely that this could be one of the few, if not the only, picture of this woman. I believe this picture is a tintype and from what I've read the usage of Tintype photography spans the years of 1856-1900ish. I have a few daguerreotypes from the Franks family, maybe this is a Franks woman? Any suggestions on how to find out who this is?

 

 

 

Mystery Picture #3- Shaw Women

Again I know this is the Shaw Family and the 3 women in the front row: (from right) Marjorie, Edith, and Ann. No description or markings on the back! To me they look a LITTLE bit older than mystery picture #1, so maybe it was taken 1933-1939?

Mystery Picture #4. Co L 3rd Infantry , 1st Sgt. Lester D. May...?

This picture is from one of the first pages of an old black construction paper photo album. After looking through the album MANY times I have linked similar jewelry and settings with other labeled Shaw pictures, so I am lead to believe there are Shaw women in this album, but for most part I have NO IDEA who the individuals are. This album will soon have it's own post!

I was able to  remove the picture from the paper (VERY VERY GENTLY, I don't recommend!) and realized there was writing on the back!

 

 

1st Sgt. Lester D. May...

Co L 3rd Inf. C.A.

Greenwich, Conn

Any ideas what year this picture might be from??

 

 

Mystery Picture #5. Postcard to my Great Grandmother Mary Nolen from Lula?

7 July 1908, Rochester, NY- "This is one Ray took of me at Palmers Glen. I will send you more as soon as.."

..."he gets them done. Hope you are feeling well these hot days. Ans soon. Yours, Lula."

I don't know who Lula is! I don't have any leads to Rochester or anyone named Lula...The date of the postcard and the usage of my great grandmothers maiden name give me some sort of time line as to when Mary married my great grandfather. I don't know when they married but Mary Nolen would have been about 20 when she got this postcard in 1908 and she had their first child abt 1914, so they were most likely married between July 1908-1914. But I'm still on the lookout for Lula and Ray....

The message here: don't let mystery pictures slip through the cracks! There are many different types of clues you can get from pictures that will help you identify pictures and create a time line of your ancestors life. I've never tried any face recognition software...should that be a next step??

Clues to look for in pictures: clothing, jewelry, furniture, backgrounds, location, labels, markings from the photo processor, photographer name/location, shape, size, paper type, and photography type...to list a few!

How have you identified pictures? Do you have unknown family pictures in your albums? Are they hanging on your wall? I'd love to hear your stories!

Monday
Mar072011

* 100th anniversary of International Women's Day! 

March is National Women's History Month and tomorrow March 8, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day! Celebrated each year on March 8th, International Women's day is a global event celebrating and remembering the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Each year there is a theme and the theme for 2011 is Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women. 

 Time line of events from internationalwomensday.com:

1908 Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1909 In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

1910 In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result.

1911 Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic 'Triangle Fire' in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants.

If you are interested in learning more about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire there is an event tomorrow night in NYC hosted by Women’s eNews, partnering with the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Department of Romance Languages at Hunter College as well as the League of Women Voters of the City of New York. The Fire that Ignited a Movement of Women Workers, 5:30-7:30 Hunter College

I love reading first hand accounts of history! Harvard University Library Open Collections Program, Women Working 1800-1930, has diaries, memoirs, and autobiographies of women giving us a peek into what life was like for them.

Bread and Roses was a popular campaign slogan for the woman's movement in the early 1900's. Inspired by a poem written by James Oppenheim, first published in The American Magazine in 1911, bread represents economic justice and roses represent quality of life.

Bread and Roses

A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: "Bread and roses! Bread and roses!"
As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women's children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!
As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for -- but we fight for roses, too!
As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler -- ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life's glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

A popular custom in many countries (curiously not so much in the US) is to give women flowers on International Women's Day. In fact, I first learned of this celebratory day while in Italy 5 years ago with my friend Sarah, we were walking around and saw everyone with these yellow flowers! The mimosa flowers were all over the place. Coincidentally we were going to a spa that day and when we paid found out that in celebration Festa Delle Donna day- our services were 1/2 off!

It's too bad that this international celebration was fought for by the women of NYC and somehow it's significance has been forgotten. So go ahead and buy a flower for the women in your life! Lets continue to remember and fight for equality and achievement of women everywhere!

Sunday
Mar062011

* he said/she said- who's defining genealogy? 

Explaining “genealogy” and my research to those who have no background or experience with the subject has been a difficult task. How can I effectively communicate the impact of learning and preserving your ancestors legacies? There is no one global definition for "family", so how can we expect a common understanding of our researching it? In Genealogy, Ancestry, Heritage- What does it all mean? I suggested that the ambiguity surrounding the definition of genealogy has negatively impacted the assimilation and cohesive growth of the discipline. Where is the genealogy rule book? What are the accepted guidelines and definitions for family history?

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