I went onto eBay a couple of months ago and was able to locate, with relatively little problem, several heirlooms similar to ones my parent currently own, including dishes, clocks and furniture. But you know, I didn't find one family photograph. Now, that's not to say that you can't purchase photographs from estate sales or on-line auctions sites. You can. However, you will have a difficult time finding a photograph of your great-grandmother or third cousin, once removed. Barring some miraculous discovery, you will only be able to see photographs like that from other family members.
Through my work on-line and through networking with other distant family members, I have been able to find photographs of relatives we never even knew existed. And the best part, for me, is when you can see a family resemblence. It seems that the relative in the photograph is speaking to me, despite oceans of time dividing us. I feel an immediate connection to that person, although we have never met.
I have included in this post some of the photographs I have found either on-line, or through networking with other family members. Look for family resemblences. I know you will find them.
|My husband's great-grandfather on his father's side, Homer Otto Hevron. |
L to R (front row) Homer Otto, Ollie Mae Nelson, Wilma Clarice Hevron,
Margie Lee Hevron, ???, Aston Earl Hevron
L to R (back row) ???, Homer Lewis Hevron
|Rufus Edward Spradlin, my husband's great-grand uncle |
on his mother's side. Rufus was born in Virginia in 1878
and died in California in 1955.
|Louisa Simpson, my husband's great-great-grandmother|
on his father's side. She was born in Arkansas in 1840
and died in Texas in 1900.
|Mary Fannie Emma Spradlin, my husband's grand-aunt|
on his mother's side, and her husband Price Allen St. Clair.
Mary was born in Virginia in 1871 and died in Texas in 1942.
|Massey Capps Atkins and Harriet Ann Pigler family. Massey is my husband's |
great-great-grand uncle on his father's side. This photograph was taken in
Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
|Jan Mathijs Hamer was my father's great-great-grandfather.|
He was born in the Netherlands in 1849 and immigrated
to the U.S. when he was 16. He died in North Dakota in