One of the happiest moments in doing genealogical research is finding a photograph of a never-before-seen ancestor, while one of the unhappiest comes in possessing an old family photograph that can’t be identified. This pretty young girl in a fancy hat was discovered among a cache of family photos. Sadly, all we know now is that the photograph was taken in Manhattan, most likely between 1885 and 1900. She appears to be about 12. But who is she? The first rule of preserving family photos for future generations: write the names of the people in the photo on the back.
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My mother, Marilyn Matthews, and her dolls, Queens, NY, c1939. What I like best about this photo is not as obvious as a laughing girl and her doll collection. Look closely and you’ll see there’s one doll perched on the back of my mother’s neck. That’s what Mom thinks is so funny. That’s definitely my grandfather’s sense of humor.