In the 1880 census, they'd all be living in their parents' household. Findlay in the 1900 census, whom she believes to be the same man. This identification seems to fit the mysterious photo.
By 1900, several of the children may have moved away. Both were born in Pennsylvania, and married in Illinois to a woman with the same name. Next, I'd encourage Barbara to do "reverse genealogy," and research forward in time to find descendants of all these children.
But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret.
Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes?
In any kind of portrait it is often the subject's clothing that engages us most: fashion history is a fascinating topic and recognising the modes of different eras is an invaluable tool when trying to date unlabelled photographs.
Dress is a vast and complex subject, but here are some pointers to help with understanding, identifying and dating the clothing styles of those family members from the past who stood before the camera in their 'Sunday best'.
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For instance, do you date photos from: the clothing people are wearing; the cars you see; the progress of building construction; the appearance of telegraph poles; an historic event…or something unusual?
I’ll start off the list with something I learned while following the advice of a Flickr friend.
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