|Louise Odgers Ellis|
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?
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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