Picture Perfect Saturday #38 ~ Jessie Olene Hayes

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!

In honor of “Women’s History Month”, each Saturday this March I will be highlighting one of my female ancestors.

Jessie Olene Hayes,1895-1975 is my paternal 2nd cousin. She was born in Richmond, Woodward County, Oklahoma. On December 16, 1918, she married Leslie Irving Ray. This is a photo taken of her in her hat and veil on her wedding day. I wish I could see her full dress, but what I can see gives the appearance of handmade and modest. Also, very feminine with the lace. I really like her glasses, but I thin the thing that stands out the most is the look on her face. Considering she is getting married, she has a serene look on her face. It makes you wonder what she is thinking. Jessie went on to have 3 children, one son and two daughters. She was 77 years old when she died after 52 years of marriage.

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

Picture Perfect Saturday #34 ~ The Hayes Sisters ~ Rachel, Ida, Sadie, & Rosie

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 4 of my paternal Great Aunts. Left to Right – Back Row: Rachel Minerva Hayes Relaford, Ida May Hayes Willard Front Row: Sadie L. Hayes Hughes, Rosa Lucille Hayes. The oldest is Ida (1884-1973), then Rachel (1889-1967), then Sadie (1891-1967), and last is Rosa (1901-1988).

These four women were very close and you can tell they are sisters at first glance. They had 21 children total with Rosa never getting married nor having any children. They were hard-working women, the 3 married ones were farmers wives and Rosa was a nurse. I love their floral dresses and their hairstyles. To me, they all look like they were the kind of women you would want to be friends with.

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

Picture Perfect Saturday #33 ~ James Gibson “Gip” Hardin

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 1st cousin 4 times removed, James Gibson “Gip” Hardin. James was born on March 2, 1823, in Wayne County, Tennessee. This photo was taken about 1862 in Red River County, Texas. Gip was a Circuit Rider Methodist Minister and also the father of John Wesley Hardin. This photo shows him in his “preaching clothes”. Next to his hand on table is his hat. I think he seems pretty relaxed for someone who had to stand still for a long time to get this photo. You can also tell that he is a very good looking gentleman. He died in August 1876, at the age of 53.

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

Picture Perfect Saturday #32 ~ Hamilton Hayes

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 Great Grandfather, Hamilton Hayes (1856-1906). Hamilton was raised on a farm in Tazewell, Claiborne Co., Tennessee. He moved to Missouri with his family when he was 13 years. After getting married he purchased his own farm in Cass Co. Missouri. I think that he looks very dapper in this photo. Looking at it, you would never guess that he had farmed all his life because he looks like a professional businessman. He had been born into a well-to-do family so he had grown up having nice suits. I think he is very handsome in this photo.

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

Favorite Photo ~ 102 years ago ~ 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks #4

This is my all-time favorite photo. Growing up my Dad did not talk about his past or his family and no childhood tales or even stories about how he meet my mother. All of the information I have discovered came from his younger sister, my Aunt Margaret or from cousins who knew him.

When my Dad died in 1974, my mother threw away everything that belonged to him. I had to sneak outside in the middle of the night and go through the trash that was at the curb. I was only able to dig out the photos that he had before the porch light came on and I had to pretend that I was taking trash out from my room. I hid the photos in a bush by the front door and I retrieved them the next morning.

I quickly glanced through them before placing them in my locked chest of treasures. I had no idea who most of the people were, but I figured that someday I may be able to ask someone. In 1987 I finally got the chance. My husband and I made the move from Arizona to Missouri, and I was able to ask my Aunt about the photos. She meticulously looked through them, and she even wrote names and dates on the back.

This photo was in really horrific shape. About 10 years ago I restored it and now it is truly my most prized photo.

This is my Dad, Douglas Hughes age 4 and his slightly older brother Leonard age 6 playing on an old swing in the yard of their farm located in Hughesville, Pettis County, Missouri circa 1919. This is the earliest photo that remains of my Dad. I feel so blessed to have it.

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

Picture Perfect Saturday #30 ~ Dora Agnes Rhoads

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 3rd cousin, Dora Agnes Rhoads. She was born on November 02, 1899 in Covelo, Mendocino County, California, the oldest of 4 children born to William Denham Rhoads (1870-1961) and Agnes Hurt (1878-1955).

The look on her face gives the impression that she knows the photographer and that she does this all the time. She gives the idea that she may have been born to be a model as she looks very comfortable here. I wonder if this was taken for a special occasion. Her dress is unwrinkled, and she is wearing high-top shoes and gloves. She has the type of cheeks that you would like to pinch, nicely of course. She would have been a beautiful woman if she had not died at the age of 6 years-old, on March 17, 1906.

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

Picture Perfect Saturday #29 ~ Edgar Poe Anderson and Louise Irvin

I am working on a Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized that 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 maternal 2nd Cousin 5 times removed, Edgar Poe Anderson and his wife Louise K. Irvin. Edgar was a County Farm Demonstration Agent and the couple and their 12 children lived in Greensboro, North Carolina. This photo was taken about 1937 while Edgar and “Lou” were on vacation in Florida. They were dressed very fashionable, even sporting a hat. He was 84 years old and she was 79. Apparently Edgar’s job paid very well as this photo was taken while our Country was in the midst of the Great Depression. I can only hope to look this good when I am their age.

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

Picture Perfect Saturday #28 ~ Benjamin and Katherine (Latimer) Shirley

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 cousin twice removed and his wife. Benjamin Emaziah Shirley was born in 1814 and his wife Katherine Caroline Latimer was born in 1824 in North Carolina. They were married in 1841. This photo was taken about 1880 in Reed Creek, Hart County, Georgia. Benjamin was 66 years old and Katherine was 56. They look like a very mild-mannered couple. I think he looks lie he knows a secret, and she appears to not enjoy her photo being taken. My only wish was that the photo was in better condition.

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 #26 ~ Bessie Mae Twigg

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 cousin 1 time removed, Bessie Mae Twigg (1888-1909). She is the daughter of John William Twig and Sarah Jane Ogan. This photo is from about 1892 when Bessie was 4 years old. This was taken at The August Rino Studio in St. Louis, Missouri. I love her long luxurious hair, her beautiful dress, her stance…..okay, I love everything about it! Although Bessie only lived to be 21 years old, she had gotten married and had one son.

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’s #26 ~ Matilda Jane Hayes



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 Matilda Jane Hayes. She was born on October 16, 1847, in Grainger, Tennessee. At the age of 27 she married Charles Wolfe. This photo was taken on her wedding day on January 24, 1875. She looks like a very strong woman with a lot of confidence. This might be due to being part of a pioneering family. She was rugged and self-sufficient considering she was just 5 feet tall. I realize that this isn’t the most clear photo but it is the only one I have, and I love it.

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.