FAMILY RESEARCHERS, PLEASE NOTE.....I do not research these families and don't have any family information other than posted or linked to. If the picture is from you may be able to get more info there. If you find your family here, please leave a comment with an accessible blogger profile so that I can reply!

Monday, January 23, 2017

photophiles please ignore this post

Just adding some photos here for another purpose as I don't have a better place.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

First post in three years.....

Dear fellow old-photo-appreciators

I'm sorry for the very long silence!  I realize that most people will not have been frustrated by my lack of adding photos to this blog, since with feed readers people are able to follow a blog without clicking on it to check for new posts.  Thank goodness for that.  However, I still feel bad and apologize.

(teasers, keep reading)

Several years ago (it looks like 5 years ago!  Eek!)  I started spending time on Flickr, looking for old photos of big families posted there.  I spent months at this, and I found so many that I had to create several more accounts just to be able to "favourite" the many I found.  My goal was to post the links to these favourite lists on this blog, so that you could see all the photos without my having to link to each picture separately in multiple blog posts.  Also, many of them would not have allowed that with their privacy settings anyway.

So, without further ado, here is the link to one of the lists:

List 1: favourite old photos of large families

(Please leave a comment if you are unable to see pictures at this link and I will look into whether I have to change any privacy settings to make them visible.)

The pictures are nearly all of large families or representative members of a large family, as explained in their descriptions, and occasionally multiple generations.  Very occasionally, I've "favourited" another photo that I think is particularly interesting, beautiful, or touching; pictures like that will just accidentally be in this same set of photos.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! 

Thank you for reading and commenting.  I hope you have a wonderful week!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cheek Family Photos--and continuing into the next generation....

Here are three family photos from the Cheek family genealogy site (main site here:  A year ago I used their wonderful chart for deciphering old handwriting, here:   and linked over on the sidebar.  I wrote the owner of the site, Rebecca, to let her know her chart had helped and also asked permission to post these photos here.  She was kind enough to give permission. Thank you, Rebecca!

 Mack & Laura Ennice Cheek Family
Left to Right: Edgar Wood, Laura Ennice (seated holding Mary Lee), John Paul, Bertha, Mack (seated holding Virginia Claire), Ray Richard ("Ted"), Dean (seated), Roy Clyde

The photo and more information about this family are here:

Family of John & Matilda Edwards Choate
Back (L-R): Letcher, Cornelia, Alice, Laura, John, Mathilda, Thomas
Front (L-R): Mattie, Robert, Nannie
Two of the children are not in the photo.

The photo and more information about this family are here:

Here's a slightly newer one.
Joseph S. Johnson (son of Shadrack & Matilda) and some of his children 
Back: Earl, Roy James, Carl 
Front: Etta Lee, Joseph S., Vena Matilda

The link to this photo on the Cheek family site is:

Now this would be an interesting photo if they had one: one Cheek ancestor had 8 children and 67 grandchildren.  (This page says "more than 65," so I checked all the children's pages to count for myself.  Richard and Jenny Cheek's children had 12, 5, 10, 7, 8, 9, 8, and 8 children respectively.)  

I found this unusual, because while there were of course many large families in the past, in many of the genealogies I've seen (including my own), not all of the children in large families parented large families themselves.  Often several would not marry--some would become a priest or a nun, some not find a partner, and others would have passed away too young.  Sometimes a couple would not be physically able to have any or many children.  It seems that chances were that many or most families would have one or more children these would apply to.  (I believe it is possible that this family did have children who died young, for example, who are not listed.)

Do any of your ancestors have large families in which all children have large families in turn?  Please share!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's in the eyes....

Initially, by looking at the eyes, I felt that this family photo includes Mom, Dad, and eight biological siblings,plus one in-law, friend,or more distant relative, eg. cousin.  However, on enlarging I see that despite the woman centre back's seemingly different colouring, she has a lot of facial similarity. Nowadays many might assume that the littlest boy is a grandchild, but I feel he could very easily be the youngest sibling of the bunch, especially considering there is a daughter aged between him and the older ones.  I had a baby at 42 myself.  I realize this is all just guesswork. What do you think?

I love noticing details.  Note how the three siblings' glasses are all almost exactly the same.  You'd never find that nowadays.  Also, mom's and dad's glasses are the same as each other's but different from their children's.  Mom's dress has an interesting patterned fabric, looks like it may be the same as daughter back left's belt.  

This family looks very interesting.  I wish I knew them!

I didn't note in the file from where or whom I bought this photo.  Some future day I will find it and note it here.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Scary mustache, happy Christmas kids, stern parents.

Here are three more photos from the same source as the previous couple of posts.  As ever, click on any photo to see it full size. 

Perhaps someone who knows military uniforms can share what service the son top left is in.  The photos were copied in Wausau, Wisconsin, but the father's mustache looks a little out of place in wartime America, don't you think?

Five happy siblings at Christmas!  I'm happy to see the imperfections of real of a new game, it looks like Candy Land, on the floor.  Maybe that's also a new Christmas doll.
From happy and candid to posed and unapproachable.  At least, I think the father here looks a bit scary as a dad!  Thankfully the two younger girls break up the sternness with little smiles.  Oldest daughter has a beautiful dress.  I wonder whether she made it herself.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Photos from Wausau, Wisconsin

Wow, only 6 weeks this time!  ;) 

Here are several pictures I bought in a large lot from Ebay about 2 1/2 years ago.  Back in February 2010 I started posting a few and gave the history of the photos thus:
"I recently bought a box of photos from an Ebay seller who told me that they were reproduced at the Toburen photo studio at Wausau, Wisconsin mostly during the 1960s to 1980s."Families in the 60s to 80s took their old family photos to the studio to be reproduced, and then never came back to pick them up!  I can't imagine that the studio didn't call to remind them, so I don't know why so many were never claimed.  There are some great images, I'm thinking particularly of one of an older couple from possibly the 1800s where the wife is smoking a pipe.  This wasn't a snapshot, but a posed photo from a studio, so the pipe must have been an object very near and dear to her!  Anyway, I will start posting some of the large family photos from this lot.  None of them have names, but some have order numbers. "

As usual please click on the photos to see them larger.

Looks like a mother and 6 daughters:

Great picture of a mostly smiling family:

And this is a beauty of a formal picture of a Slavic- or Norse-looking family:

Friday, May 4, 2012

14 months later.....

I tend to roll my eyes a bit (figuratively) when bloggers apologize for not posting for a while.  I can't imagine readers sitting on tenterhooks waiting for posts and getting offended if someone takes a week or two off!  Perhaps taking over a year's break is a little more strange.  However, I would bet my hat that no one has really cared all that much or been in the least offended, so I won't apologize, just explain a little.

Last summer was a large family reunion that's held every 5 years or so, with 100-150 attendees.  10 years ago I had offered to write a family history book, and had never actually finished it.  Hence my entire spring was taken up with finishing this book.  I actually lost a fair bit of eyesight, apparently permanently, with the many hours, days, weeks on the computer.  I did genealogy research that found ancestors back to the late 1400s!  To be accurate, my research consisted of finding other people's online research and figuring out where it fit into our family tree.  This still took many many hours, days, and weeks, but was very exciting and rewarding.  I also spent time interviewing my aunts, reading online history magazines to find articles about my ancestors, and, most time of all, harassing my many cousins for their stories.   I wanted it not to be professionally bound, so that future reunions could produce updates in the family tree and address lists, etc., that could be easily added.  So I decided to use binders with a clear cover page holder.  It didn't look quite as professional but kept the cost down when I caught a local office supply store going out of business with binders at a dollar each.

As much as I loved doing this book, it completely burnt me out and I didn't want to look at a computer or keyboard for a very long time!  Not to mention needing to rest my eyes.  In the meantime my dear husband decided to help me out by changing my computer over for another, in which a lot of my stuff was lost or moved without trace.  Later he helped out by taking my computer suddenly to reformat it, which lost more stuff.  I did recently find some of my scans of old photos, and decided to give this another go.  I don't have the money any more to buy more Ebay photos but still have two boxes of them which should keep me going for a while!

In the next post I will update on comments that have come in while I was taking my "Sabbatical."  For now, I'll just get 'er started with a couple of photos.

As usual, please click on the photos to see them bigger for more detail.  In the photo below, the children's faces and their clothing deserve a closer look.  There's something about all the detail in these beautiful old photos.  The second boy on the left has a retouched eye, too.  I wonder if the camera caught him winking, and Mom was none too pleased.

Here are five beautiful sisters.

Both of these photos are from an Ebay seller who got them from a photographer going out of business in a small town in the U.S.   The shop made copies of old family photos during the 1980s, and these are copies that never got picked up and weren't able to be traced

Friday, February 25, 2011

Thank you Gwen! And new family photo, possibly Mell

I want to give my sincere thanks to Gwen from for featuring this blog and introducing me to a great bunch of fellow old-photo appreciators! I don't promote my blog and kind of assumed there weren't that many others like me out there because I don't know any in real life! It was wonderful to "meet" so many and, being a little unschooled in blog-sharing, I will admit I was a more than a bit flustered at the blog's subscriber count suddenly rising! :) Thank you so much, Gwen! 

And "Thank you!" to all of you who subscribed, and to those who left comments.  I set comments for moderation so that I don't miss any, but that means that sometimes one takes a few days to go through.  I do like to reply to them, so please check back soon if you left a comment recently.


In the past few months I went on an Ebay buying spree and spent much more than I should have really. It will take some time to put all the pictures up here, what with trying to write any sellers about where they got photos that have names on them, scanning, editing, organizing, and posting. I am a bit ADDish and go in fits and starts.

I do hope to be much better about posting more regularly now that I'm not buying any more for a while.

Here is one of my new old photos. It was taken in Flint, Michigan, by, I think, Will H. Foote.  It was interesting deciphering the capital letters on that one, but I'm pretty sure I got them right.

As usual click on the picture to see it in lovely detail1

It is always a huge bonus to me when the people are identified.  Below is a scan of the back of the photo, with first and middle names or initials.   Unfortunately not their surname!  First is a sideways version so you can see the placement as it is probably written like that due to where the people are in the photo.  I believe the names refer to just the children .  It would be better if the parents and surname were named too, but just maybe there will be someone out there searching for the first names of a bunch of siblings!

Here's the same photo turned so we can read without giving ourselves a kink in the neck. 

For the purposes of anyone doing internet searches for names, here they are:
Vestie May

Elner W   
This could be a misspelled Elmer but you never know.  Also, the initial could be an H but using my super-sharp detective skills from deciphering the letters on the front, it is constructed unlike the H there and exactly like the first letter. 
(P.S. I found 2 charts here:, with examples according to which the initial could be W or H, so for the sake of 'googlers' I'll write the alternate names: Elner H, Elmer H, Elmer W)

Charles E

Gladie Ann

Jesse R

Bennie A R

Clarisa Belle. 

And, included in the unlikely chance that someone later wrote the surname along with the price, at the top it says Mell.  I did do a fair bit of searching for Mells with these names, and only found one, who almost certainly is not this one, going by family description here:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Two beautiful "found photos"

I first saw these photos on a blog called Celestial Charms.  When I asked permission to post them here the owner kindly said I could post any photo from her Flickr photostream!  Thank you so much, Maureen!

I'll start with the the two photos that I found at her blog post, Thoughts on Victorian Fashion.

As usual, please click on the photos to see them at their best.

First is a lovely photo of five little brothers from Canajoharie, New York. 

Next is one of the same five boys with their two sisters and their parents as well.   They look like a pretty well-to-do family, and with all those boys there must have been a fair bit of mischief going on.  And with the girls, even more.  I can say this as my family is almost exactly the same in make-up, though spread out in age more than this one.

 See Maureen's thoughts about the fashion and dating of these photos here at Celestial Charms--Thoughts on Victorian Fashion.

Thank you, Maureen!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Gerk family---ancestors of a local family

A man in our town (who has a number of the same Facebook "friends" as I have) posted this picture as his profile, and as soon as I saw it I asked permission to share it here.  He was very happy to let me post it along with the family's names and story.  Thank you, Ted!

Please click on the photo to see it in better detail.

Back, left to right: Margareta (Stremel) Gerk, unknown man, Jakob GerkMaria Gerk Paul Gerk

Front, left to right: Michael Kisser, Piada Kisser, Anna (Gerk) Kisser with unnamed baby, Anna Margareta (Rohwein) Gerk, Johannes (John) Gerk, Kristina (Rausch) Gerk with unnamed baby

Jacob, Maria, Paul, Anna, and at least two others who aren't in the photo are the children of Anna Margareta.  I am waiting to hear whether Johannes/John is a child or grandchild, though with his hand on Kristina's lap and not Anna Margareta's, I presume he is a grandchild.  Margareta, Kristina, and Michael are daughters-in-law and son-in-law.   Anna Margareta's husband,  Ted's great-grandfather,  is not in the photo as he refused to be in any photos.

The photo was taken 1915-17 in Russia, just before the Russian revolution, in the Volga German village of Josefstal.  Ted's grandfather, Paul at back right, was 15.   Paul and his sister-in-law, Margareta Gerk, were the only ones in the picture to make it out of Russia.  Paul escaped in 1924.   Margareta was married to his brother Michael Gerk (not in photo). They also both came to Canada, with Michael Gerk dying on the way of typhoid.   Margareta settled in Saskatchewan and died around 1930 or so.  Michael Kisser was taken by the KGB in the 1930's and was probably shot.   The rest of the family were all put into labour camps in Siberia in 1941. Some perished in the labour camps, and some survived.

This photo was sent to Ted's grandfather Paul after he had escaped to Canada. 

The little boy in front, John Gerk, came from Russia to Canada to visit family members in 1989.  Perhaps he'd been waiting all that time for the Berlin wall and its associated Iron Curtain to come down.  I can imagine he was overjoyed this had finally happened and immediately jumped at the chance!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A photo from a copy of Our Canada magazine

I hope to get posting more photos soon.  I have dozens of them waiting.  It's a question of scanning, saving, organizing, uploading, writing!  I'm a bit ADDish and get stuck at one or more of the stages easily!

This is a photo from an old issue of Our Canada magazine that I bought.  Love it!

Click on it to see it full size.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Another recent purchase from Ebay.  Photographed by W.L. Evans, Brookeville, Indiana.

Those fancy dresses must have been a HUGE amount of work to make!
Check out that sweet little baby belly button!  This is a photo I purchased recently.  Click to see big.  Beautiful!  The oldest three daughters are looking very pretty.  Unfortunately the seller has no idea who these people are; I sure wish I knew!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cowboy family from the 50s or early 60s.

I love this picture of a family with great big smiles!  I wonder whether this is their farm and their horse, or maybe they were city folk who wanted their family picture done on the farm.  I tend to believe the former because a picture on a dude ranch or friend's ranch would probably be with more obviously western clothing accessories and background. Forget the polo shirt!   I bought the picture on Ebay and have no information on the family or where this was found or taken.  Of course, if anyone recognizes them, please let me know!  I'm not familiar with the trees in the background.  Perhaps someone can tell me what they are and they will be a clue to the location.

As usual, click on the photo to see it full-size.  It is actually REALLY big so you may need to click on the enlarged picture another time if your browser sizes it to fit the page.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"New" old photos from Wausau, Michigan

I recently bought a box of photos from an Ebay seller who told me that they were reproduced at the Toburen photo studio at Wausau, Wisconsin mostly during the 1960s to 1980s.

Families in the 60s to 80s took their old family photos to the studio to be reproduced, and then never came back to pick them up!  I can't imagine that the studio didn't call to remind them, so I don't know why so many were never claimed!  There are some great images, I'm thinking particularly of one of an older couple from possibly the 1800s where the wife is smoking a pipe!  This wasn't a snapshot, but a posed photo from a studio, so the pipe must have been an object very near and dear to her!  Anyway, I will start posting some of the large family photos from this lot.  None of them have names, but some have order numbers.  Eventually I would like to find a way to find their modern families.  If anyone has an "in" with newspapers or local websites of Wausau who think this would be a good thing to post, please let me know!

Please click on the photos to see them large.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Endlich family

I purchased this photo on Ebay recently.  On the back it says "Endlich family". Unfortunately, not one smile in the bunch!  Those little girls sure look alike!  Perhaps a couple of them are twins?  Or Irish twins (less than a year apart)?  The photo is in postcard format, and was given to Mrs Mary Brown.  Click to see it large.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wonderful photo of Owens family, with 11 children

This photo is from Ancient Faces, HERE.

It shows the beautiful Robert and Callie Owens family.  The photo was taken in the year 1900.  Click to see all the detail.

Monday, February 8, 2010

February families

These are more from my CD, mentioned here. Don't forget to click on the photos.

Here's a lovely family with, it looks like, grandma visiting.  There's a cool plaid tie, and a couple of odd (to me) "bow ties" made of string.
Here's a lovely rural family with mom, dad, and seven children. I love the candid smiles and character.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Some gorgeous new photos!

These are from my CD, mentioned here. Don't forget to click on the photos to see them in all their beauty!

The first one is obviously a posed photo with actors, but it still counts to me! Looks like Grandma is visiting......

A family with 12 lovely children. I wish I knew more about them. Were they as pleasant as they look?

The dad in this photo looks just like my mom's younger cousin, our neighbour in my teen years.

Oh, so CUTE!