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The knot in this gentleman’s necktie is almost as large as his hat! I was struck by both when I found this antique photograph on eBay. Can you help me find and tell his story?
Here are the six values that guide how I help individuals find, tell, and share their family history stories in unique, engaging, and personally meaningful ways.
This 1915 French postcard came from the same lot as Pic of the Week (#123). It is beautifully colored and has a nice inscription on the back. Can you help me find and tell the story behind it?
Here is a beautiful French postcard from 1933 showing a young woman in a green and gold dress and holding a bouquet of purple flowers. Does the translation of her French letter on the back help us tell her story?
This is the story of how The Psychogenealogist was born. Every ancestor has a story. I believe that finding and sharing them can be of great benefit to you and your family. What stories would you like to tell?
A German boy celebrates with chocolate and paints. Is it his birthday? Christmas? Can you help me find and tell his story?
From Greece to Detroit: A Brief History of the Karatzis (Karr) Family.
“Grandma Alice (Howe) Jenkins and Great Uncle Tommy Howe”. Can you help me find their stories?
This distinguished looking couple appears to be Peter (b. 1830) and Agnes Young (b. 1842) of Leadville, Colorado. Can you help me find and tell their stories?
Here is one from my personal vault. It is a photo taken probably around 1929 at 739 East Baker Street in Flint, Michigan.
This appears to be Jennie Frances Ward of Worcester, Massachusetts around 1890. The photo was sent to Asa W. Ward and Family. Can you help me find and tell their stories?
Every once in awhile I stumble into an amazing genealogical find. This one pertains to my 2nd great grandfather from Germany, Peter Heinrich Ratz (1867-1934).
A 1915 postcard from California: “We are in San Diego for a few days. We are having a fine time. We are enjoying every minute. Fruits and vegetables in abundance of all kinds.”
In May of 1943 my grandfather, James William Halvangis (1920-1973), made his way to Greenland as a member of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. There he met some of the indigenous people of the island, The Greenlandic Inuit. Here are some of his amazing photographs.
Garns and Co. Photographers of Camden, New Jersey opened its doors in February of 1889. This cute child may have been one of the first customers.
A mystery reel of 1980s undeveloped home movie film is found in my parent’s basement. The contents are revealed here!
The Oak Hotel in Presque Isle, Maine was probably the temporary home of my grandparents in the early 1940s. My grandfather, James William Halvangis (1920-1973) was stationed their briefly during WWII.
This is the story of Little Leo Campbell (1918-1923), my 1st cousin 2x removed.
“Je vous aime, Chuck” - a young woman from the 1940s writes on a photo to her sweetheart. Can you help me find and tell her story?
Documenting the lives of children who died is an important role of a family historian. My great aunt Anna Pawlowski (1918-1918) tragically lost her life to pneumonia after only 20 days. This is her story.
A 1907 postcard to Miss Hazel Osborn of Prospect, Ohio: "How are you getting along All O.K. I suppose. Dale”. Can you help me find and tell their stories?
A uniquely tailored, week long, internet based, consultation with me The Psychogenealogist to address and explore your specific genealogy and family history questions.
This drab industrial looking photograph shows the Hog Island Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I love learning random facts from these found photos! Do you have any Hog Island history in your family tree?
Mary Hunscker gets her photo taken by the photographer Zelner in Mauch Chunk, PA. Can you help me find and tell her story?
In 1936, Leo Marcus Amen (1912-1994), a Nebraskan farmer, was faced with the unenviable task of using a jackknife to amputate his own finger that had become caught in a plow. He is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. This is his story.
Who was Minnie? And her mother, Sue H. Leig, presumably from Reading, PA? Can you help me find and tell their stories?
A family stands in front of their bucketed harvest. Can you help me find and tell their stories?
Here is a lovely cabinet card photograph from Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The back says “Mr. Gustav A Gust to ? L. Rentschler”. Can you help me find and tell the stories of these men?
Stolen Apples Taste Better: The Defiant Joy of Thelma Earle Hoye (1906-1973) and Her Granddaughter Elaine
The baptism of my grandparent’s first grandchild happened on the same day humans stepped on the moon for the first time. Here is that story.