Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

The Tragedy of Unidentified Photos

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Because of my interest in family history, a lot of old family photos have come into my possession. Some have identifications written on them, but there are many with no clue at all. About some, I have my suspicions. I study them, searching for clues or family resemblances. I ask around, but most of the people who would know for sure are gone now. Once in awhile I get lucky.

I hope to get lucky with the posting of The Unidentified!, a slideshow of old family photos I haven't been able to identify. It's possible someone else has pictures of these same people or places, and maybe theirs are identified. I'll add more images to this slideshow as time permits.

Localities which may be affiliated with these photos include, but are not limited to, western Pennsylvania (Mercer, Slippery Rock), Detroit, Minnesota (Winona), Wisconsin (Sheboygan County et al), Illinois (Chicago, Winnebago, et al), and Omaha.

Surnames which may be affiliated with these photos include, but are not limited to, Efner (Effner, Efnor), Pettis, Sedgwick, Kerr, Carroll, Schulte, Hauer, and Wolfschlager (Wolfschlaeger, Wolfslayer).

If you can help identify any of these photos, please use the Comments feature at the bottom of this post to contact me. Include your email address for a personal response. Any comment containing an email address or other personal contact information will not be published to the blog.


Juliane's granddaughter said...

What a fantastic slideshow. Surely you will get some responses. It worked perfectly.

T.K. said...

Thanks for test-driving it for me, Jul's. I'm glad to know it was quick to load.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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