My Recent Picture Goldmine!

Since my Aunt has recently moved into my apartment building, I’ve been given permission to dig through her genealogy notes and lots of pictures. It has been wonderful.

Just so you understand my joy and elation at what I found, I need to give you some back story….
I didn’t have any pictures of my dad’s side of the family from before I was born. I didn’t have a single picture of my dad and his siblings when he was a kid and not a single picture of my Grandpa Dugger. As far as my great grandparents, I have nothing at all.
As I was looking through my Aunt’s photobooks, I found a goldmine! I found a multitude of pictures of my dad throughout his childhood into his 20s, pictures of his siblings, my Grandparents, and even some of my great grandmother! To top it off, my Grandma Dugger had written on the back of many of the pictures, giving an idea of not only who the pictures were of and where they were taken, but also, the general feeling of the time.
So here is a glimpse into my goldmine:
To the left is a picture of my dad as a baby. The picture was taken in Hermosa Beach, California at his maternal grandmother’s house. He was baby of the family and certainly, my Grandma Dugger’s favorite (although, I’ve been told that she would never admit it).
This is a picture of my dad as a baby in the arms of his maternal grandmother, Julia Morris Rogers. I can totally see the resemblance between my dad and me in this picture.
To the left is my Aunt Deb (my dad’s sister). In the middle is her maternal grandmother, Julia Morris Rogers. On the right is my Uncl Gary (my dad’s brother). This picture was taken around 1958.
On the left is my dad, who is almost 9 years old. On the right is his maternal grandmother, Julia Morris Rogers.
On the left is my Grandma Dugger, Nancy Rogers Dugger. On the right is my dad, at about the age of 18.
So look at the goldmine I found!! I have been on cloud 9 since I discovered these pictures. I am still in the process of scanning all of these, and I offered to buy archival safe supplies to store the photos so thy don’t get damaged.
I am so happy that I’ve finally found these pictures and I no longer feel an empty place in my scrapbooks when it comes to my dad’s side of the family.
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8 responses to “My Recent Picture Goldmine!

  1. Becky Jamison

    This is wonderful, Elyse! I do know the feeling and am delighted that you've found these pictures. You sure resemble your dad. He's a handsome man! I'm thrilled for you that you get to go to Jamboree. Wish I could be there to meet you. I hope you'll post lots of details about it!

  2. Cheryl Fleming Palmer

    I agree with Becky! You do resemble your father! Congrats on your new finds, that is wonderful! I will meet and see you at Jamboree! I am glad you got the details worked out! Looking forward to it!

  3. theshygenealogist

    How exciting for you! How wonderful it is, as well, that you are taking steps to preserve those photos for the long term!

  4. Thanks for sharing Elyse! How wonderful that you have these pictures, it places a face to your research. Have a great time at the Jamboree and I wish I could be there, too… Very jealous.

  5. Wow, those are great pics! You definitely resemble your dad. I am still going through my grandmother's albums I inherited when she died in December. And I also took a bunch of pics off my paternal grandmother's computer that I have to sort through. Thanks goodness she is computer savvy and has already scanned them. I feel like I have hit a goldmine too.

  6. Excellent – I'm doing a happy dance for you!

  7. Wonderful find!! I'm so glad that you found this goldmine – pictures are what got me into genealogy and they are still my favorite part.

  8. Jean B. Duncan

    So great that you have found this treasure! I was very lucky several years ago when my father's cousin lent me a bag full of old photos so we could copy them. Luckily most were labeled.

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