In a box of personal pictures and mementos donated to our area Goodwill, I found two pictures of what appear to be members of the Drake family. Thomas E. Drake is a well-dressed man of middle years sitting in a nicely appointed office. The furniture and clothing seem to indicate early 1900’s. There was a… Continue reading Thomas and Alice Hutchins Drake: A Study of Mistaken Assumptions
Recently, one of the Goodwill administrative assistants entrusted the South Bend Area Genealogical Society with a box of personal items and photos that had been donated at various Goodwill sites in our area. She asked us, if possible, to find family and return what should be a valued heirloom. Well, you know that’s a challenge… Continue reading Treasures from the Goodwill: From Pearl to Aunt Abbie and Uncle Edd
The main subject of a photograph is not always the people involved. For example, look at these two photographs from my family collection labeled O.H. and Belle Vivell at Gay’s Mills, Wisconsin, in September 1921. Notice that the automobile seems to be more important in the photographs than the background or the people. In both… Continue reading Shiny New Cars And Women In Pants – What Can We Learn From This Picture?
Welcome back to a new season of programming for the South Bend Area Genealogical Society! We have many great programs in store for you this season starting with our annual Coffee and Cake Mixer on September 25. Be sure and add the dates and programs below to your calendar. We look forward seeing you, and… Continue reading
Among my family pictures I found a CDV photograph that had been sent to my ancestor Frank Vivell. You may remember in March 2017, we explored a picture labeled Frank Vivell, taken in St Louis in the late 1860’s to early 1870’s to determine if it was Frank X. Vivell, born 1830 in Baden, or… Continue reading Fathers and Sons, the Story of Four Franks
Photo provided by Pete Mohney This is cased photograph, a type of photo that we have not yet discussed on this blog. Unfortunately this is a copy of a copy. We would be able to see more if we had the original in hand, but this is such a rare treasure, we can learn… Continue reading A Rare Treasure