Thursday, October 14, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Old Family Photos

The New England Historic Genealogical Society's weekly newsletter includes a survey. This weeks question is regarding how many generations back (starting with parents) do you have photographs, portraits, or other visual images of at least one person in your direct line? 

My answer is 2nd great-grandparents. This is one of those things that I knew but never really thought much about. Like most people, I have pictures of both of my parents and all four of my grandparents. I also have pictures of 7 of my 8 great-grandparents and 7 of my 16 gg grandparents. I'm sure there are people with more photos but that seems like it might be better than average numbers. Most of these pictures have been posted before but they are worth a second look in this context.

Photos of great-great-grandparents

1838 - 1905

1837 - 1912

1806 - 1899


  1. Wonderful photos of your ancestors. great guestion my mind is working trying to figure out how many great great grandparents photos I have. Not quite as many as you. Thanks to I have found photos I did not have and have been able to share. Will have to do a post of this idea and come up with a total. Thanks for sharing your photos. Grace

  2. This is great Linda! Absolutely great! I love the old photos I have and now I'm going to be checking to see exactly what I have and who's missing!

  3. What fun! I'd say you're way above average on gg grands. I have 4 of 16 and thought I was doing pretty well.

    I see a couple names that crop up in my East TN clans as associated families - Howard & DeVault.

  4. Thanks, all.

    The DeVault was Isabella Jane's 3rd marriage and my gg grandfather was her 1st husband (Hankins) so I don't know anything about the DeVault family origins.

    My Howards were in SE KY (Knox and Harlan) and maybe Lee County, VA (also on the TN border) before that so could be some connection.

  5. Trying to not be jealous. Love the pictures. Great great grands weren't a is those that got here in the early 1700's in Virginia. Sigh.