Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Face in the Crease

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.

The old photo album passed along to me from my grandaunt Helen Killeen Parker contains the only clues I have to learn about my Irish ancestors. Today I spied this tiny chip of a photo in the crease of the album, barely visible when I turned the pages. It is not even one inch square.

Photo of either Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh or Bridget Gorman Sheehan

Is this Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh, my great-grandmother? Is it possible that it is HER mother, Bridget Gorman Sheehan? Is there enough here to guess at a date?

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  1. And the mystery continues.


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    1. Hmm. It surely appears to be writing, but it's an odd angle compared to how most signatures typically appear on a photo. I kept enlarging the photo to try to read it, but nothing came clear. Then I looked again at the original itty bitty chip, and it's just a wrinkle. Shucks -

  3. The (what looks like) high maybe lace collar and the style at the top of those sleeves were popular in the 1880s.