The genealogy bug has bitten me again. A few years ago I started down this path and lost days and days of my life collecting, gathering and recording information from relatives. Then, real life got in the way and my quest was put on the back burner.
Recently, I connected with a cousin who lit the fire again. Through her love of history and all things genealogy, we’ve renewed our relationship and friendship. She’s sharing with me photos of ancestors…like this one.
This handsome couple are my mom’s grandparents….my great grandparents…Elmer and Martha Louise (Mattie). We’re not sure when this photo was taken, but they were married in April of 1899 so this could be their wedding announcement photo in the newspaper. I really have no idea, but that’s the story I’m sticking with.
According to ancestry.com, they were quite the sojourners, living everywhere from Missouri to Kansas to Oklahoma to North Dakotas to the state of Washington! Talk about gettin’ around!
And evidently they had a number of kids in tow as they moved around. Here is a 1913 family portrait. Notice the youngest child was actually drawn into the picture after the fact!
Don’t you wonder why no one in these old photos ever smile?