Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday (Almost): Baby Needs a Name

Wordless Wednesday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that asks family historians to create a post in which the main focus is a photograph or image.

Inspired by Jacqi Stevens at A Family Tapestry who was inspired by Far Side of Fifty at Forgotten Old Photos, I plan to devote several Wordless Wednesdays to some of my photos of unidentified people.  Several “new” cousins have found my blog; maybe more are out there with that same picture in their possession. 

I will start with some babies because seeing orphan photos of babies in thrift shops and antique stores always makes me sad.  While my photos are not really “orphans” since no one in my family threw them out and I do still have them, they might as well be “orphans” because I have absolutely no idea who the people were or who they became.  I’m guessing the pictures are from relatives who shared their new joy with either my great-grandmother Mary Frances Jollett Davis OR Sudie Rucker.  But it is also possible the photos are from the “out-laws” – you know them, the people who married into the family lines you are interested in but whose genealogy has so far failed to engage your time and energy.  

This first one is such a charmer with those ears and that quizzical expression.  Boy?  Girl?  Year?

Unknown baby in collection from Violetta Davis Ryan, Mary Frances Jollett Davis, Velma Davis Woodring

Maybe someone will stumble upon the photo and provide some words to complete the picture so it will be wordless no more. 

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  1. Wendy, good idea to post unknown photos. Let us know if you find any answers.

  2. So cute! I hope you get some answers.

  3. Who needs words with a face like that!

  4. Aw, so cute! I wonder why the expression. What was this little cutie looking at to cause such a quizzical, if not serious look. And what is in his/her hands?

  5. Best wishes, Wendy, on finding just the right cousin with the missing puzzle piece. Actually, I'm finding, as I work my way through this process, that the faces start looking familiar (no, really--not imagining this!) and I do connect some of the dots. That way, even if I can't put a name to a specific face, I can at least group several pictures of the same clusters of people. I figure, at least that increases my chances at someday knowing...