Monday, August 3, 2015

One Photo Makes You Dig A Little Deeper

This is a photo of my grand aunt.  It was found among some pictures that my uncle had taken.  When I looked at it, I realized how very little I knew about her, and I got curious.  How much can you really learn from one picture?
Louise Odgers Ellis
First, I looked at where she was standing.  It was an unfamiliar kitchen to me, but I know it is in her home.  That led me to ask, "Where was her home?"  I started by looking in my uncle's old address book.  I was surprised to see she lived in the same zip code as I do.  Next, I looked her address up on Google Maps.  Her home was less than 10 minutes from where I live.
The photo was taken on 1 June 1978, my grandfather's 60th birthday.  She is holding a bowl of food, so I believe she must have been having a dinner for my grandfather's birthday.
I knew she was born in 1921, but not her actual birthdate.  And I was unsure of the year she died, but I knew it was within the last 10 years.  I looked on my FindAGrave app, put in her name, birth year, and the country and state of where I thought she was buried.  And just like that I now know her birth date and death date, as well as in which cemetery she is.
One picture led to many answers.  It makes me want to keep digging!

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