We each have 8 great grandparents. Depending on how old or young, you are, you may or may not have pictures of them. Depending on the research you've been able to do, maybe you don't even know all their names.
Photography has been around since 1839. I’m not going to go into the history of photography here, because I’m not an expert. However, if you would like to learn more, there are experts out there. One of them, I’ve followed for years is Maureen Taylor. She is also known as the Photo Detective. I own several of her books. She featured one of my family photos on her website in December 2008 you can see it here – Photo Clones, Duplicates in the Family.
The question today is, how many photos do you have of your great grandparents? Here is what I have for me and my husband, Ron.
My great grandparents are:
William Gould & Mae Thorp – paternal greats
William Wallace Lindsay & Bessie Fitzcharles – paternal greats
Andrew Charles Milne & Susan Anne Gillespie – maternal greats
Robert Lee Bowden – no photo & Florence Hunter – maternal greats
So, for my family I have photos of 7 out of 8 great grandparents.
Now for Ron’s family.
Ellmer E. Bright & Malissa M. Hunt – paternal greats – no photos
Thomas C. Hall – no photo & Cora E. Brown – paternal greats
George A. Fink & Barbara Ludwig – maternal greats – no photos
John Doller & Bertha A. Keller – maternal greats
Sadly, for Ron’s family I have been able to locate pictures of only 3 out of 8 of his great grandparents. If you are reading this and have any pictures of the family mentioned here, please contact me.
This has been an interesting study. I cropped and enhanced photos as I was writing this post. Always a good chance to review the images we have.
Because of the time frame of the lives of all of mine and Ron’s great grandparents, there were likely photos taken. Most of the people mentioned here were alive after photography was common. Most of them well into the 1900’s.
How many pictures of your great grandparents do you have? Or maybe if you are of a younger generation, then how many pictures of your 2nd great grandparents do you have? I’d love to see the pictures.
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