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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