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52 Weeks Of Personal Genealogy History

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Week 3 Of 52 Weeks Of Personal History and Genealogy .. Cars

Week 3 of 52 Weeks of Personal History and Genealogy.. Cars..

For some reason I was never really interested in getting a car as a young teenager.
I was dating my first husband and he had a great old 1948 Ford Coupe that was fun to drive in. My sister had a cute little Volkswagon that she would drive us around in.
I do not really remember my first car. It would of been bought by my hubby #1 and me.
It would of been used and bought from the car lot that was owned by friend's father.
Now my father loved cars. He had many cars and was always coming home with a new car.



Here are two of his early cars. Bottom car is while they were living in Texas. License plate looks like it has a 194?.
First car is in Duluth and maybe and is a late 1960's Saab.
This is only two of the many cars my dad owned in his life time. Someday would love to see how many I could find photos of and put in an album.

Wisdom Wednesday Tip - Identify Those Pictures

Wisdom Wednesday Tip... Please take time and identify your photos. Don't leave your family with unknown photos.

Here are three wonderful vintage photos in my family photo collection. I have no idea who these people are.

Are they on my mother's side or my father's side. I can not even guess that much for sure.

First picture is probably on my mother's side of the family because it is marked Sparta Wisconsin. My father's mother's family was in Wisconsin but not for long.


I am dating it around 1900 because of the dress and hair. The back is marked.

Richardson Bros Photographers Sparta Wisconsin

Next picture is of an adorable little barefoot girl. I have no idea the time period of this picture. Maybe early 1900's to 1930's.


Last photo is a real photo postcard of mother and child. Sometime between 1907 to 1914 because of divided back of the post card.



I need to put them next to other family photos to see if I can get any hints. I need to learn more about dating photos from the clothing being worn.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Finding 3rd Great Grandmother Sally Grimes In The Census

Last night I wrote about one of my 3rd great grandmother's Sally Grimes. I had found her in the 1840's and 1850's census but not earlier census.
Tonight I decided to work on her father Nathan Grimes at www.ancestry.com and by finding him in the census the hints came up finding her.

In 1840 she is living in Oxford, Grafton County, New Hampshire. Living with her is her five daughters. Three under age 5 and 2 between the ages of 10 to 14. Here two sons George and John Alonzo are not listed with the family. Who are they living with.
I wish this census would tell us her occupation. How did she support herself and her family.

Her father and family are living in the same town at this time. They are on page 9 of 18 while she is on page 7 of 18.

The 1850 census has her living in Royalston, Worchester, Massachusetts with daughter Sally Rebecca who is called Rebecca in this census. Will have to search further who is living near her.

Always another question to think about and another fact to try and figure out. One great hunt after another. That is what makes it alls so intriquing.

Vintage Family Real Photo Postcard Trying To Identifying It




I love old photos and postcards and if they relate to family all the better.




Take a peek at this great Real Photo Postcard. It came out of family papers.

This group of children are standing in front of a black board with writing so they are in school.
Take a peek at their clothing. Young man second child from the right is in a sailor outfit. The hats the bonnets are amazing. There is young boy and girl second row and she is holding on to his arm. Probably her brother.

The back is unused except for a question mark some one wrote. The stamp area is marked by Velox around it with triangles dates it 1909 to 1914.

I noticed a big clue. On back is marked L E Conger Druggist, Mora Minnesota. This tells me it is from my mother's side of the family.

Such an adorable group of children. Wish I knew who they were. Need to study it more.

My grandmother Grace lived in Mora at this time with her family. She would of been 17 so not her but could very well be her younger sister Merle born 1906 or brother Wayne born 1909.

Next step is to see if by chance there are any photos of them as children.

I love a good mystery .. may not be able to solve this positively but think I am on the right track...

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you come back real soon Grace

Monday, January 17, 2011

Matrilineal Monday -- On This Day Sally Grimes Passes Away in 1873




Matrilineal Monday .. On this day Sally Grimes passed away January 17, 1873 in Evansville, Rock, Wisconsin.

Sally is one of my 3rd grandmother. Sally was born the 18th of November 1800 to Nathan Grimes and Hepsibeth Lovejoy in New Hampshire.

She married John Hall Jr. 10 May 1825. Together they had seven children. Hephizibah 1826, Caroline 1830, George 1832, John Alonzo 1834, Harriet 1835, Mary Eliza 1837, and Sally Rebecca 1838.

Sally her last child was born 18 October 1838 and John her husband died on the 22 of October 1838. Baby Sally was only 4 days old and her mother Sally was left not only with a brand new baby but with 6 other children to raise and take care. At this point they are living in New Hampshire.

I have not found her in the 1840 or 1850 census as of yet. By 1860 Sally is living in Madison Ward, Wisconsin with her daughters Mary 23 who is a teacher, Sally 21 and with them still is Judora Fairbanks. I do not know who this is as of yet. My guess is probably a grand daughter.

The 1870 census has her living still in Wisconsin and she is with her son George, his wife Louisa Marie Reynolds and their six children. George and Marie are my 2nd great grandparents. Judora is still with the family.

Sally passed away on this date in 1873. I find it interesting to think about her and wonder what her life was like taking care of those children. She never married again.

She is buried next to her son George and daughter in law Louisa at the Maple Hill Cemetery at Evansville, Wisconsin.
I will be back to research her another night and to image what her life was like living in the 1800's.