Picture Perfect Saturday’s #24 ~ Parthenia Ogan

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing my paternal 2nd Great Aunt Parthenia Ogan. She was born on February 18, 1847, in Windsor, Pettis County, Missouri. At the age of 21 she married James Woodard. I really love the dress she is wearing. It gives the sense of elegance. This was taken in 1915, when she made a trip to visit her ailing sister in Covelo, Mendocino, California. I think she looks like a very friendly, kind woman.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Picture Perfect Saturday #17 ~ Rosie Hayes and Orville Hughes

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!
This week I am showcasing my Grand Aunt Rosa “Rosie” Hayes and my Uncle Charles Orville Hughes. Aunt Rosie is my Grandmother, Virginia Bell (Hayes) Hughes’, youngest sibling. There is a 21-year difference in their ages. Orville is the firstborn child of my Grandmother, and he is only 4 years younger than his Aunt! So, they were raised more like siblings and friends, then Aunt and Nephew.

Aunt Rosie was a very adventurous woman. She loved the outdoors and riding horses. She played baseball with the boys and it is said she could run faster than any of them. After graduating, Rosie became a nurse and she loved caring for people. She never got married nor had any children of her own. Instead, she poured all her love into her large extended family.

Orville grew up to be a farmer. He got married when he was 23 years old, and they had 3 children, one son and two daughters, The firstborn, a daughter, is the only one that lived to adulthood. Aunt Rosie was there, taking care of the family throughout this difficult time.

I absolutely love this photo. It shows the close relationship that they shared. Aunt Rosie’s hat shows her fashion sense and the fact that she is riding sidesaddle shows she was attempting to be a proper lady. Orville’s face shows that he is not happy about having his picture taken! I also love the 2 carriages in the background. This photo was taken around 1914 at the Hughes Family farm outside Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri.
I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

Picture Perfect Saturday #13 ~ Thomas S. Hayes III & Elizabeth Jane Ogan

Picture Perfect logoI am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so, I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

 

ThomasS Hayes EliizOgan Pic

 
I like the look of this photo that was taken around 1900. It features Thomas S. Hayes (1821-1912) and his wife Elizabeth Jane Ogan (1824-1912) my 3rd Great Uncle and Aunt. They seem very serene and comfortable with having their picture taken. Elizabeth has what looks like a smirk on her face like she knows a secret. I believe Thomas is about 79 years old and Elizabeth is about 76 years old when it was taken.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

Are You Kidding Me?

confused-smileyI have been doing Genealogy for over 20 years. I am the first to confess that I am far from knowing everything about it and the processes to make those great discoveries. I have no problem when someone wants to share their knowledge with me, I do however mind if their “knowledge” has no basis and the person who shares it hasn’t even verified what they are passing along.

The Allens 1840Case in point. I am very proud of my maternal 4th Great Grandmother, Permelia “Milly” Loving Allen. She was a very strong woman who, at the age of 67 moved her large family from Cole County Missouri to Navarro, Tarrant County, Texas after the death of her husband in 1843. In my family tree on Ancestry, I have 3 photos of Permelia, one of her, one of her and a daughter and one of her and her husband Thomas Allen taken in 1840.

I received a message from a descendent of Thomas & Permelia informing me that the photo could not be of my 4x Great Grandparents because photography had not been invented at that time! She proceeded to call me names and said it made her feel good to expose fakes like me!!! I was flabbergasted. I looked at her profile on Ancestry, she was about my age. Surely, she had seen photos taken during the Civil War and even before that.

CameraSo, I decided I would thank her for her comments and then educate her, in a nice way, about the invention of photography.

1814 – Joseph Niepce achieves first photographic image using an early device for projecting real-life imagery called a camera obscura.

1837 – Louis Daguerre’s first daguerreotype, an image that was fixed and did not fade and needed under thirty minutes of light exposure.

1840 – First American patent issued in photography to Alexander Wolcott for his camera.

1841 – William Henry Talbot patents the Calotype process, the first negative-positive process making possible the first multiple copies.

1843 – The first advertisement with a photograph is published in Philadelphia.

1851 – Frederick Scott Archer invented the Collodion process so that images required only two or three seconds of light exposure.

So, there were the means for people to have their photos taken or to take their own. I even discovered that the Chinese and Greek philosophers described the basic principles of optics and the camera in the 5th & 4th Centuries B.C.

So, my point is, if you run into something you are not 100% sure of, do a little research or ask questions first before confronting someone. Or, if you encounter someone like I did you can take the opportunity to share some much-needed knowledge with them.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, crafter, reader, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.