Ancestor Photo Challenge

Every week Randy Seaver presents genealogists with a challenge. I participated a while ago in a DNA challenge he posed. This week his challenge involves ancestor photographs, which is one of my favorite things to collect along with BMD records and cousins.


My mission should I choose to accept it is as follows:


How many ancestors do you have photographs of? What is your oldest ancestor photo (the year it was taken)?


I have a good number of ancestral photos however I chose 1 for each individual or couple based on what I have. I also did this a little different than Randy did.


Parents - Michael Jaron and Edna Rothstein

I have access to lots of pictures of my parents at various stages in their lives - however here is a scan of their wedding photo that my father had retouched as an anniversary gift a number of years ago.

Paternal Grandparents, etc - I will need to make a part two at some point after I track down what's available as I think different relatives have different things.


As my research has been focused on my maternal side all these years I have a number different photos of these ancestors at different stages in their lives.


Maternal Grandparents - Harry Rothstein and Judith Polak

Maternal Great Grandparents Left: Alfred Polak and Seraphina van Cleeff Right: Marcus Rothstein and Bertha/Bassie Tillinger


Maternal Second Great Grandparents Left to Right Top Row: Barend Polak, Albertina Levy, Jacob van Cleeff, Elisabeth Lob Bottom Row: Aron Tillinger, Hanna Wachs/Mossler, Jozef Rothstein, Laura/Lea Krochmal



Maternal Third Great Grandparents - it as this generation that don't have a complete set so to speak. I know who 15 of my 16 maternal third great grandparents are however I only have photographic evidence of five.

Keetje Benjamins (1827-1913) - My great aunt Adah sent me this scan of Keetje. I believe it is a a copt of a copy based on the quality. At some point I am hoping my mother's cousin pulls out the copy Adah had and we can make a better determination as to the origins of this picture.

Moses Levy (1814-1890) and Regina Mendel (1821-1909)

Andries Polak (1817-1902) and Roosje Frank (1809-1905)


Bonus!

That is all I have as far as my direct ancestors - however thanks to a sixth cousin I have access to a photo of a painting of Regina Mendel's father Andries' brother August Mendel. August was born in 1787 and died in 1862.



As is that isn't cool enough - thanks to some cousins through another branch I was sent a copy of a photo of Moshe Levy's father Gompel's brother David Levy born in either 1778 or 1799 (not sure about the year of birth disparity yet...)





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