A photo from the olden days
By Judy Evans
October 13, 2021 6:41pm CST
The people in the photo are my grandparents (the two older people obviously) with my Mum and Dad on the left and Dad’s brother and his wife on the right. As you might have guessed, this was taken in the days when you didn’t smile for photos. I am giving the photo to a cousin. Mum and her father were siblings. She is also related to my grandmother through her mother so there is a double connection there. My cousin and husband bought our old family farm and have now named it Dudbrook which is the name of the ship that bought the first of one line of the family out from England. He was a convict, charged, I think, with stealing. I really should learn more about him.
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• United Kingdom
• United States
One of my cousins gave me photos of our family from back when several years ago. I've scanned them into my laptop and have passed digital copies on to everyone in the family who wanted them. (It still seems weird that they wanted everyone to be... sober... when having their picture made. [Sober as in not smiling... not "not drunk"..] although they may have hoped to have people not drunk in the photos, too. )
• Daytona Beach, Florida
@JudyEv you could try what I do when I go through old photo albums I put a photo in front of me and try to remember who everyone is then on the back I number the photo and put in a notebook the names I do remember, Just a way I train my brain, It is rather fun,
• United Kingdom
That is interesting! Tell us more! I can trace my family tree back to the late 1700s but it gets more and more difficult as there are lots of Smiths and Williamses in there and they also liked to repeat family names down the generations just to confuse us!
• Rockingham, Australia
Wow, that's a long time to go back. I think it will be hard for future generations with fewer marriages, all sorts of step-families, etc. Even married couples retaining their own surnames might play havoc with people trying to trace their heritage.