Shaking the family tree

Wedding Day

Wedding Day

Not a lot happening in my corner of the universe. I’ve had recurring bellyache and nausea for about a week but it seems to lessen its discomfort each time it hits. Winter is refusing to go away. Do you remember last year when spring came at least least two weeks early?

I reposted the photo so I could name names. The little boy in the dress on the left is Claude Shipley, grandson of Elizabeth (Liza) Jane Oliver who is holding him. Liza was also my g.grandmother. Beside Liza is her daughter–my grandmother’s sister–Elizabeth (Liz) Phillips. Next is the new bride–my grandmother–Julia Ada Oliver Phillips and beside her is the new husband and my grandfather, Joseph Alexander Phillips. AllΒ  the clothing worn by the child and the ladies was homemade by them, including my grandmother’s wedding dress and hat. I well knew each of these people except little Claude who died at age seven in 1921. Memories of my grandfather are few because he died a month prior to my fourth birthday. Claude’s, Liza’s, and Liz’s clothes were most likely made from flour sacks.

Have a good evening, my friends.

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  1. Hi Ken.
    I love these old shots where you can see great memories. Very interesting too are the colors of the image. My memories are still waiting in a box, I need to do some job.
    Have a great day, my friend.

    • Hello, Friend Albert! Glad to hear from you. I used my imagination when I did the colors except for the wedding dress which I remember being lilac.
      Be well, my friend.

  2. Julia and Liza are different. Julia was toll, her skin was bright. Maybe she didn’t work on farm like her sister. Her wedding dress is very nice.
    Each photo has its own story; especially family photo. I have one box of such photos too. They are my gems.
    I agree with you: winter is refusing to go away. 😦
    I’m glad you feel better, my friend.

    • Julia worked the farm, too. her skin was lighter than her sister’s. I’d like to know what happened to her wedding dress; it was in her trunk when I was small.
      I hope your daughter feels as strongly about her family photos as you do.
      Thanks, Jola. πŸ™‚

  3. Shaking the family tree …
    It’s nice. πŸ™‚

    • No hardcore criminals from my family’s past have fallen on me during the tree shaking. πŸ™‚

  4. I’d love to know more of my family history. If Ancestory Tree was not such an expensive Mormon money making venture I would use it. At least I keep in touch with two of my cousins through Facebook on a regular basis.

    • Check and see if the county where you were born or where your ancestors were born have a genealogical society. If so, it is the best place to start in your case of being away form your native area. I think most of the US census up to at least 1940 is now online. It can be a pain to search but there is a lot of info there. The Mormons have some good census stuff online too and last I was there it was free and easy to search.

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