Monday, January 31, 2011

Lost Ancestors - John Sidey or Sidell or Sideil or Sided, Thorold, Ontario, CDV Photograph

I just can't make up my mind on who this gentleman was. In the back in horrible handwriting is his name. Maybe the family genealogist can clue me in. I put in the spelling different ways in order to catch a Google search. Photographer Geo. Grenville, Thorold, Ontario Canada.

CDV size 2 1/2 x 4 1/14 inches. Slightly faded and stained. Good condition. Comes in a sturdy photo sleeve. 

Can be found at my store link

 8-2-2011 John Sidey's family found him and he is going home. He is excited and it's going to be a great reunion after so many years.

Lost Ancestors - Rev. Ed Leblan, L'Assomption, Quebec

Rev. Ed Leblan. Photographer J.H.Lacerte, L'Assomption. I Googled this city and found it in Quebec Canada.

CDV size 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches. The bottom looks like it was trimmed a little. There is a small tare in the upper right corder. Very good condition. Comes in a sturdy photo sleeve.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lost Ancestors - Jimmy McClure, Flint, Michigan, Postcard

Little Jimmy McClure sitting so perfectly still in his adorable little snow suit with his "Why me?" expression on his face. This is a post card inserted into a folding paper frame. Photographer DeLoma 128 E. Kearsley St., Flint, Michigan.

Photograph size is just shy of 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Slightly dirty on the front. Very good condition.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Personalized Framing - My Latest Project

 Here is a fun project I did for my wonderful neighbor and friends. I was asked to take a group of family portraits  while the whole family was together over Christmas. I've never done a project like this before
The photos were actually fairly easy to take using a good quality digital camera and an tripod. I didn't worry about how much of a back ground I took or how centered. I just made sure I had everyone in the photo with room to do some cropping in my Photoshop Elements program. 

Took several pictures of each group or pose to be sure I get the best shot. Everyone smiling with their eyes open and faceing forward. Not that I could not have corrected these, but luckely for each group I did get a good photo without changing faces or bodies parts.


Crop, lighten, adjust contrast, add clarity and the photos came to life. Took out the flash glare on the eye glasses and the flash shine on some of the faces. Looks very much like a professional photographer took these photos. Making more fun out of it, I created these personalized name frames. Then adding it and creating a collage. 

My neighbors have a wonderful family. Very generous, loving close family. I can tell not only buy living next door but taking these photos, talking to them, how they pose so close together. We've been neighbors for many years  I am greatly honored to be asked to do this project for them. It was special to me and to them too. Bob and Pam, when you are ready for your next group photos, just call me over!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Frank Clay -A 'Lost Ancestors' Success Story

Frank Clay found his home, or I should say Paul Clay found Frank Clay.  Paul has been researching his Clay family history for many years. He found Frank in a Google search leading to my Restored Memories Etsy store. Many of the pieces in his family history puzzle sure come close that Frank Clay maybe Paul's great uncle. Paul even noticed a family resemblance. He still has some research to do to verify this and I hope this is he great uncle.

Paul has his own photo service and website Like me, he finds photographs with identification, then posts them on his website in hopes to find the family they belong to. He especially points out to me he has photographs from Rev. James W. Bushong album he purchased in 2008. You can view this collection with this link

He also has a spot on his website called 'Guess Who' with several family albums and misc. photos, family members have placed there.  He's had much luck in connecting these photographs with their families. 

I find his website is very interesting and I am sure you would too. I've noticed he and I have a Morehouse family line. I didn't see a connection there, but maybe with a deeper research there might be. You never know......

Good luck to Paul in a connection with Frank Clay. Please check out his website to see if he has any of your ancestors. Even if he is not in your area, photos wind up in the strangest of places.