Family photos can be found from the strangest resources.
Several months ago, on the 400th Anniversary of Derry’s FB page (which unfortunately has been taken down by the owner); a photo appeared of the St. Columb’s Court Swifts Football Team. The photograph was dated 1892-1893. Of course I was interested as many generations of my family have been and still are affiliated with St. Columb’s Cathedral. Many of my family also had lived on St. Columb’s Court, which is a beautiful little street leading to the steps of the Cathedral.
Although none of the gentlemen in the photo where named, I became very excited… one gentleman (2nd from the left in the back row) looked VERY familiar. I had seen him before; not only had a seen him before, I believed I had photographs of him in my pile of “unknown” photos that I had brought back from my 2012 trip “back home”!
One of my aunts, let’s call her my “baby aunt” as she is only a few years older than me; had amassed a large number of family photos and documents. Many of those photos and documents had belonged to my maternal grandmother and belonged to her mother before her. For all genealogists out there, you know the feeling… Christmas had arrived early for me that year!
I have been told by a Londonderry Historian that the names are on the back of the photo; and the photo is in the records at St. Columb’s Cathedral. So it would seem that not only will I “hang out in cemeteries” in Ireland this summer; I will also (with the help of my “baby aunt”) be scouring the records and photos at the Cathedral.
I don’t know who they are; however, they ARE family. Are they my maternal Love Line; my paternal Wilson Line; or even my Elvin Family Line. I’m leaning towards them being a Love! As always, the search continues…
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