Photograph Mysteries

Inevitably, anyone who studies genealogy will find themselves feeling like they need to be a jack of all trades in all things historical. Photographic history, military history, immigration history, clothing history, even transportation history at some point in time will come into play when doing research. Our ancestors were just one small cog in the world they lived in. Understanding the time they lived in helps drive effective research by knowing where to look and what records may exist.

Photographs are often one of the greater genealogical mysteries researchers face. For me they can be my greatest challenge and my greatest joy. I love seeing faces from generations ago and spotting resemblances to modern relations. Often times it seems the identity of the subject in the photographs have been lost to the sands of time. We are left trying to ponder and decipher clues that may help us eventually identify the faces with the names and times that belong to them.

A relative of mine has the originals of several photos which even years later manage to frustrate me. I can loosely speculate the origins of the photos but a definite identification may be lost.

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I estimate this photo to be before 1920. The gentlemen in the back with the dark coat has ears and a hairline which remind me of my great grandfather, Moman Harold Fulkerson. What do you think?

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This photo looks to be around a decade after the earlier photo. The dark haired lady in the back row looks like she could be the same younger woman in the front of the previous photo.

These photos may never be identified. They are from an album that belonged to my great grandparents, Moman Harold Fulkerson and Lillie Mae Weatherspoon. Many of the photographs predate their marriage and some of them are of the family of his first wife. I would estimate most of the photos to be from around 1920 to 1940. These three photographs have stumped me. I suspect they are either members of the Fulkerson family from the Owensboro, Kentucky area or the Sublett family from the same region.

Close ups of two photos. The one on the left is a known photograph of Moman Harold Fulkerson at age 39. The one on the right has similar head shape and ears. What do you think?

Close up photos of the dark haired lady. They both have similar builds and would likely be of the same age. What do you think? For today this is a mystery that remains unsolved.

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    • Hopefully someday I’ll manage to truly label these photographs. I just feel someone out there is looking for these faces while I’m here wondering who they are. Maybe putting them out there someone will recognize them. I can only hope.

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