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Ruth Ardis (Hanson) Steadman (1903-1989) - the "Camping Grandma" of California.
"Hello Grandma. Thought I would send you my photo" - 1910 postcard to Mrs. Sarah Early in Dunbar, Ohio.
In 1908 Ida Jordan wrote this postcard to her brother announcing the birth of their niece. This is the story of how that postcard was returned to descendants of the Jordan family.
John Edward Campbell (1892-1959) and Maryann Rukamp. "Uncle Ed" was the husband of my 2nd great aunt Amanda Alice (Rhoads) Campbell (1895-1988). She was the sister of my great grandmother.
This is Sister Jamesetta Rhoads. Born Lucille Rhoads (1906-2004), she is my first cousin twice removed. Sr. Jamesetta is one of several in my family tree who devoted their lives to a religious order.
Here 6 tips for dating, scanning, cleaning, organizing, saving, and sharing your family Kodachrome and other photo slides. These are treasured images too often lost. It may be up to you to save them.
A beautiful 1956 Kodachrome photograph slide of a Central City, Colorado street scene in 1956.
While supplies last I am offering The Psychogenealogist One Year Anniversary Giveaway. Just for fun and all for free. It's a small token of my appreciation.
Willoughby Boughton (1885-1966) - composer at the Detroit Conservatory of Music. What’s the rest of his story?
Here is a collection of amateur photo slides taken at the funeral of John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery in 1963.
Societal taboos about suicide often leave the stories of those who take their own lives untold. Here is the story of my 2nd great uncle, John Rhoads (1886-1922).
"Am on my way. Won't be long" - A postcard from Ida May Jordan to her older brother Isaac in 1908.
My 2nd great grandfather, Henry Peter Ratz (1867-1934), was a butcher. Though, as you'll learn, perhaps not a very successful one. This is his story.
A beautiful color Kodachrome photo slide image of a fisherman from the early to mid 1950s.
"Man's Best Friend" - A delightful Kodachrome photo slide image from 1962.
"I hope you find their stories." How a chance encounter with an antique store cashier inspired my genealogy pursuits. "With love, Molly"
Who is this mystery couple? What is their story? "She is not to be crossed nor does she suffer fools gladly ... his eyes warn you not to take him for a chump."
Here's the story of how I found genealogy records of my great grandfather, Vasilios Demetrio Halvangis (1891-1937). Born on the island of Samos, Greece, he came to the U.S. in 1911 on the S.S. Martha Washington.
"Beauty and the Beast" - "Dear Mother, We were over to the berry patch ... they want 8 cts. a quart, they are small." To: Mrs. Nick Nusbaum of Waterville, Minnesota (1908).
Grant Avenue in San Francisco's Chinatown (1969). How I gave new life to my grandfather's dusty 35mm family photograph slides.
Here is a delightfully charming 1950s scene of kids playing in in the kitchen and pretending to wash dishes with VEL soap.
"Dr. Splosive's Corn Cure" - A peculiar postcard (1910) to Edna Gassenburg (age 24) of Visalia, California.
The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#33) - Rosana Cochran - Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#32) - The Osceola-Gramatan, "A Distinctive Hotel", Daytona Beach, Florida, 1922
A collection of 25 vintage photographs of cocker spaniels and their families. Which is your favorite?
The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#31) - On Strike! 1937 or 1941.
The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#30) - Kaiser George, 1921.
The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#29) - Disneyland, 1965
Here's a wonderful photo of my 3rd great uncle, Edward Costlow (1876-1945) and his family. Learn how to spot clues from photos and census records to help identify family members and clear up genealogy mysteries.
The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#28) - Frosty vista, 1950s