Picture Perfect Saturday #1

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!


Elvira & Gma

The first photo I am showcasing is of my Great Grandmother Elvira Register (Hayes) who was born on March 4, 1861, in Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, and died on November 14, 1936, in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri.

The little girl is my paternal Grandmother Virginia Belle “Jennie” Hayes (Hughes). She was born on March 18, 1880, in Pleasant Hill, Cass County, Missouri, and died on December 15, 1951, in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri.

Jennie is about 4 years old in this photo so that this was probably taken in 1884. I love the look on her face. In those days it could take up to 5 minutes to take a photo once you began to pose. I think she just wanted to get out of there. She definitely looks cute with the ringlets in her hair and what looks like a new dress.

Elvira looks very prim and proper. She is about 23 years old here and pregnant with her 3rd child. From stories that I have heard about her, she was a jokester and prankster.


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.