Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "Pic of the Week." The intent is to encourage thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.
This week’s photograph is of an adorable young girl dressed in what looks like a unique winter outfit. The photographer is “McMillan” located at 420 South Street in Springfield, Missouri.
The note on the back looks more modern than the image itself, written in bright blue ink. It reads:
“Bernice Smith, daughter of Elmer + Lizzie Smith Sprifield, MO. Sister of Thelma”
I just love the girl’s face. Her eyes are quite stunning too. I have not researched this person at all, but there are a lot of clues that would make it a fun mystery to research, if you are so inclined. Here are some questions for you to consider as you think about Bernice and her life.
Who is Bernice Smith and what is her story?
What sort of outfit is she wearing?
What are some of the genealogy challenges when researching people with very common last names (e.g., Smith)?
What do you think, feel, and wonder about as you look at Bernice’s photograph?
What year do you think this photo was taken?
What about Elmer, Lizzie, and Thelma - what are their stories?
Is there anyone alive today who might be able to tell us more about this photo or appreciate having this photo in their personal collection?
How did the photo end up in the bin that I found it in at a local antique store?
I would love to know what you discover! Please send me an email or post a comment below!
This is Bernice Smith of Springfield, Missouri. She’s the daughter of Elmer and Lizzie Smith; sister of Thelma. I found her photo. Can you help me find her story?
Illinois boy, Charles Shauk, wears a unique outfit. Can you help me tell his story?
A boy, Hans Joachim Röda, and his Christmas (Germany, 1928).
Here is a very unique late 1880s cabinet card photograph of two young children, presumably of Asian descent. Can you help me find their story?
A photograph of a toddler, smoking a pipe, mowing the lawn. The photo was obtained from John K. King Used & Rare Books in Detroit, MI.
Just your typical 1920s or 30s photograph of a toddler next to a squirrel munching on some bread. Written on the back is: "Marian and a squirrel". Oh, that and Spanky McFarland from “Our Gang”.
Here's a delightful, smile inducing, Kodachrome photo slide of a toddler enjoying a 1950s summer. Take a look!
Dolores Urkowski is my 2nd cousin once removed. Tragically, she witnessed the murder of her 20 year old nursemaid, Jennie Zablocki, in 1933. This is what I know of the story.
My first cousin twice removed, Edward Pawlowski (1905-1907), died on Valentine's Day in 1907. He was one year, four months, and nine days old. This is his story.
A Colorado Christmas, 1956 - Liza, Ethel, Jon, Anne, Elmer, and Helen