Saturday, February 23, 2013

Blast from the Past: Mysteries

I'm sifting through many, many photographs
from the past; 
and, I'm finding mystery after mystery.

Who are these people?
Their pictures are with the family photos,
but their names are not recorded
and now forgotten.








My only clue:
the photo was taken in
Charlottetown, P.E.I.




A mystery to solve,
but I'm not sure this sleuth can.
But I'm persistent!
I love a good mystery!

Do you have mysteries like this in your past?

17 comments:

  1. OH YES!!!!!
    Very much so!
    When Mom passed in 1998, I had boxes of pictures and some tin types. I started immediately writing names on the backs of the pictures because I remembered some of what Mom told me, but alas I became over whelmed and stopped. This is her 15th year since passing and I haven`t gone back to the photos, only once. It was very difficult because of the emotional bond and myself being the only one interested for my brother just showed no interest. That`s a long story.
    But you never know I just might be able to start all over again and re-read my father`s love letters from North Africa to my Mom. These I found 15 years ago not knowing they even existed. Again more history coming forward.
    I discovered a 1931 aerial map on the N.S. Archives and put a picture of Wolfville on my FB page about a month ago now it seems. You might be interested in your Digby area. If so I`ll send the link.
    I hope you are able to discover your mysteries above. It would be fun to know who these people are. Maybe Anne of GG? LOL

    Ron

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    1. Hi Ron!
      My sister-in-law arrived from India via Philly and New Jersey between this comment ann the one I answered on the previous post.

      I totally get what you said about being overwhelmed after your mother passed away. It's just too raw at the time. It's too bad that your brother was uninterested. How wonderful to find the love letters your father wrote to your mom! I find old letters so meaningful.

      I'd love the link to the aerial map. I find them fascinating ~ especially after working with aerial maps as a geologist.

      I'm sure as I solve the mysteries I'll share them. These could be common ancestors to Nana and her second cousin (LM Montgomery). I'm so happy to have time to invest in all this.

      I can't wait to get my new computer as soon as I get back from Calgary and Vegas. Then I'm really going to organize and document my photos. I'm hoping that the new Aperature program will help me with face identification. I think this computer will last until I get back.

      Have a good evening ~ feel better!

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    2. Here's the link

      http://gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/mccully/

      have fun with it!!

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  2. Very interesting indeed, Louise! And look at Charlotte Town....must be OLD!
    I did a lot of research in a few 'branches' of my family. I (plus others) can't find our great great grandfather's, Theodore Cuvelier, grave......anywhere. His wife, Sophia and their son, are buried in Halifax but not him! He had a very interesting past and that probably accounts for this mystery, I figure. He was in the America Army and deserter! Headed up this way to NS......he was a character.

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    1. Hi Jim!
      Aren't old family mysteries, stories, letters, and photos fascinating?! I love exploring them. I know from the style of the photo and "Charlotte Town" that it's old. I'm certainly going to dig.

      Aren't you glad that your GGG Cuvilier deserted! You wouldn't be here now! So much hinges on chance. My great grandfather died and left his wife pregnant with my grandfather MacBeath! My GG was 74 when he died.

      I'm sorry to hear that you caught a bug. I hope that you start feeling better soon! Take care!

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  3. Yeah, lots of mysteries and more than a few skeletons, LOL!

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    1. Definitely skeletons! I plan to unearth a few! I hope that you are having a good weekend!

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  4. Yes, I have mysteries in my photo albums, and there are quite a few in my mom's albums that she may or may not be able to solve. I suspect that when she's gone and my brother and I sort through, and share, her photos, there will be many people in them that we won't be able to identify.

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    1. Hi Martha! That seems to be the way of families. People forget. You think you will always remember, and then things slide, and then they are forgotten. I'm going to work really hard to solve as much as I can and record it! Have a good day!

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  5. Oooh, so fascinating! I can't wait to hear what you uncover. I adore old photos and letters. Luckily, my grandmother is a genealogy fanatic and she seems to be doing most of the dirty work for the rest of the family....although I do love some good research.

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    1. Hi Audrey! I think I'm in for the dirty work for this generation. My Great Aunt Nan searched one branch quite well, and my Aunt Doris tackled some of the MacBeath history, but the rest is pretty scanty. I think it will be lots of fun to track things down! I hope you are enjoying your evening!

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  6. Have you tried Ancestry.com? They have a free trail period. You could begin by looking up your known ancestors and go from there.

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    1. Hi Terry! I hope that you are all getting through our blizzard okay! I've been thinking of you, your husband, and the animals! I do plan to try Ancestry.com in the not too distant future! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  7. Looks like a father, daughter and grandson. And it is absolutely lovely. You need to contact the PEI Historical Society or Geneaology society (can never spell that word0. yes my Dad's WW2 photos of people and events and even objects from Europe are all unidentified. Maddening!

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    1. Hi Francie! Thank you for the suggestion ~ I will check that out! I have a lot of war pictures, too ~ but they're mostly WW1 photos! It is maddening! The hunt will be fun though! Have a good evening!

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  8. There is something poetic in a way about not knowing...beautiful.

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    1. Hi Keith! I shall comfort myself with your comment if I get nowhere in my hunting! Poetic it is! I hope that you are enjoying your weekend! We are experiencing a blizzard right now!

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