As I suspected but has only been confirmed by one person, the girl on the far right is my grandma. I suspected this because when I looked at the picture I thought, holy shit, that is my forehead and brow. Anyway, my second cousin is going to ask her mom who is the daughter of one of these girls and confirm.

Some of you mentioned that you don’t have pictures of your family. When I started doing geneology about 10 years ago I only had a few. Actually, specifically 2 pictures. I have spent thousands of hours and went down hundreds of rabbit holes that led nowhere. I have researched 3rd cousins 4 times removed and found a lot of stuff that was pretty uninteresting like voting lists, lots and lots of voting lists. But then you hit gold like this one. The owner, a different second cousin than the one above, sent me an email on Ancestry then we became friends on Facebook then I got the picture of my grandma and her sisters. This picture is a result of a LOT of work.

On my dad’s side, I only had one picture of his dad. This was my grandfather.

As for his father, I am not even sure of his parents names or where he even came from. He just appeared one day and then left his wife, my great grandma, with 7 children to raise on her own, the fucking asshole. He went by the name Harry but I really don’t know if that was even true. But I continue to look and search archives and ship manifests. It is a labour of love. And sometimes a labour of disgust. Women in the 1920’s had no help from social services, child support, universal healthcare or woman’s housing. They just had to figure it out. My great grandma was a woman who got old before her time. I was named after her.

She was 52 here. She looks 80. That baby she is holding with the stunned look is me.

Anyway, of you ever start your search into your family history you will find these gems. And you will meet a lot of second and third cousins who will have photos.

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    • I do love it! It is very relaxing because it is very exact. You have to really pay attention. Even today I made an error following a great aunt. Turns out there was another woman in the community that had the same name. Having same names happens a lot in researching geneology because everyone stayed in the same community for life and the names like George or John or Florence or Mary were used over and over again.

  1. Love that your work has paid dividends. My mother was a stranger to the truth, and my father (a german jew) made an oyster look garrulous. I suspect most of his family died in the second world war.

    • The most difficult part of my research has been anytime I have researched the German sides. Records were lost during the wars or burnt or, who knows. And then there is the language barrier. Both sides of my family are German. My grandmother in the picture with the sisters, her parents were from Germany. On my dad’s dad side, the woman whose knee I am sitting, her parents were German. It is definitely more difficult than say, my dad’s mother’s side whose family came from England. It actually gets to the point where you have to stop because there are so many lines. For example, I don’t need to follow the line of a 4th great uncles wife’s family. It’s all there but it gets way too confusing. My grandmother, though born in Canada, was German to the core. All I had from her was a vague memory of me asking her her maiden name when I was about 9 or 10. The only thing I started with was the last name Bauer! I encourage you tall even get a trial to Ancestry World and see where it takes you.

  2. I’ve thought it might be something I’d like to do when I retire (geneology). Would you recommend Ancestry? Is it expensive? I was surprised to read your grandmother was 52 in that picture. I’m 52 right now and I’m hoping I look younger. I’m pretty sure I won’t find any royalty or incredibly important people on my side of the family. Hubby’s side has a lot of la-di-da, but none of it made it as far as his generation!! -Jenn

    • You have to wait for the deals on Ancestry and don’t go for just the Canadian, get the World subscription. I just paid something like $70.00 for 6 months. It was 30% off. As for royalty, I was told we had a Spanish princess in our family. After researching diligently for year I have yet to find her. Or anyone Spanish. I did discover I have about 1% Asian. No idea where that one comes in.

  3. Birdie, I think EVERYONE has 1% Asian blood in those genealogy tests. Genghis Khan and his Mongol Hordes GOT AROUND, man.

  4. That’s great work you’re doing for your family tree, you are definitely a researcher! I wouldn’t bother with mine…not interested at all…too many skeletons there that I prefer not to know about!

  5. I would love to do this…but I’m just too darn lazy to. This is something that my brother would get into. So I’ll rely on him to do the leg work. And just wait for the emails with his news to arrive. I’m terrible, I know 😁

    • It’s not for everyone but every family needs one person to know stuff. I have a cousin (once removed) that is the keeper of the family history but he is coming up 80. When he does all his knowledge will be gone. He and I regularly email back and forth. He is super patient with me and my never-ending questions.

  6. I always think “someday” I’ll get an Ancestry sub and start searching. I’m fortunate in already having a lot of information, particularly about my mom’s side of the famdamily. Both sets of my great-grandparents are buried near my home town (Margo), and a set of great-great grandparents too. Plus we have a local history book with a lot of family info written by my great-aunt about her parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. But I can never know enough. I did “meet” a great-great-great grandmother born in Ireland … met in a meditation, that is … it felt very real, particularly the details of how she looked and spoke, which I wasn’t expecting but that didn’t surprise me at all. No physical evidence, of course, and all I found in Ancestry about her was what I already knew: her birthdate and whom she married. Glad to read your tips about the Ancestry sub; will remember. -Kate

  7. Dear Birdie, I’m glad you are sharing with us your ancestry search. Of course, I’ve heard via the ads on television about doing this but never felt “called” to do so. Your postings may just change my mind. Peace.

    • She does look so old, doesn’t she? Women had such difficult lives back then. I wonder if she ever did anything for herself or practiced what we call today, self care? I know she made doilies but what did she ever do for herself? With 7 children to raise on her own I suspect she never had a break. She was a beautiful and kind and gentle woman.

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