Faces Without A Name…
Left: A Face Without A Name; Right: A Love!
One of my “Faces Without A Name”! The photo on the left was among the possessions of my maternal grandmother; unfortunately no names are written on the back! The photo was taken by William Anderson of 364 Hamilton Place, Glasgow; it seems at one point in time he was also located at 364 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow. He was in business during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The gentleman on the right is my maternal great grandfather. The picture of this couple is one of many “unknown” photos in my possession; “Faces Without A Name”! I see a family resemblance…. Do You?
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About CJ Murdoch
Looking For "Dead People"!
My Journey Back In Time - Tracing my ancestors and researching the counties, cities and towns where they resided.
Taking a “Glimpse” into their lives and stories and the times in which they lived; all in an effort to learn about their “Dash”!
“I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the second with tears,
but he said that what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.”
I have always been interested in researching my family tree and “hanging out” in cemeteries. Like most of us... I didn't ask enough questions when elderly family were still living. Oh, what I would give for 24 hours and a camera with my ancestors… just to sit and listen!
I'm researching many family lines, including: Murdoch, Wilson, Berry, Love, Scott, Beattie/Beatty, Hendren, Sweeney, Robinson and Elvin; just to name a few. My families are predominantly from counties Antrim, Donegal and Londonderry. However, it seems that many of them, both maternal and paternal lines, originally hailed from Co. Donegal.
I was born and raised in Northern Ireland and now live in Ottawa, Canada, making frequent trips back home to visit with my family. Of course those visits also include treks to the many burial grounds of my ancestors. My most recent trip back home was during the summer of 2019! Looking forward to August of 2020 when I will return.
If you are interested in help tracing your ancestors I’d love to hear from you!
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Great photo’s, I just love old pics, don’t you…shame when there are no names tho…..
It absolutely is a shame! I have so many beautiful photos and KNOW they are family; unfortunately just not their names! 😦 Thanks for reading!
Yes and the problem is I guess we will never know!!! As time goes by there is less and less chance that anyone will be around who remembers, then again…maybe when you visit Ireland soon, someone may also have photo’s that might just match, or be the same people and you never know what you might discover!!!!!
I’m truly hoping for that! If I can discover who today’s “unknown photo” is, it will tell me who many others are in my collection! Story was that my maternal great grandfather had a twin brother; one whom he didn’t know about until he was “man big”! I think this is his twin… nothing other than gut instinct! 🙂 I can’t even find a birth record for the mystery “twin”!
Keep dreaming and hoping, and researching, it is so exciting just doing what you can, although as I know, so frustrating, here it is at 4.17 am and I am wide awake doing family history. Not working at the moment, quit my very unhealthy night duty job, due to some health issues that night duty didn’t help, not to mention a toxic work place, have applied for another nursing position, (no nights) and fingers crossed, but at the moment enjoying my first real break in 5 years, so lot’s of time to keep checking checking checking, so obsessive I know!!!! ah well, at least I don’t drink, smoke or do drugs…altho at times a good scotch might help my searching…lol,
Lots of luck on your application for your new job! Scotch??? Crown Royal (Canadian Rye) & Pepsi certainly helps me out on occasion! 😉
Well I have never heard of that one here in Australia, but we do have “Canadian Club” have you heard of that?? haven’t had it for awhile but so yummy, I love it with Dry Ginger, I don’t know if it is a Canadian Scotch but mmmmmmm, bit of a worry really as it is only 6.30 am here, why am I even thinking of drinking scotch….lol, truly I hardly ever drink!!!!
OMG… Canadian Club has GOT to be the worst form of Canadian Rye on the market! 😀 You have to see if you can find Crown Royal! On that note… I’m off to make dinner and pour myself a drink! 😉
lol, that’s us Aussie’s we all think it is a pretty good drop….lol that is so funny, yes will have to check out if Crown Royal is on the market here….I can’t stop laughing, I love CC….
Congrats on your findings! I am a family History fan myself:)
Thank you and thanks for reading! 😉 I have taken a peek at your blog too; love your photography!
Thank you! Wish you luck with your research!
I know for the photos I find, I have started a Family History Event on my Facebook and have all my family members part of it, including some aunt and uncles in the 80’s. I post the photo and do like you did, tell everything I know and ask if anyone could tell me more about who is in the photos. I gotten lucky a few times. I too love old photos and find myself buying them are second hand stores even though I do not feel they are related. I just like to hunt to see if I can figure out as much from the photos as I can. Best of luck with your photos and family research.
Hi Karen, thanks for reading my little blog. It still surprises me when someone new reads it, as I am just doing this for me! 😀 The frustrating thing is …. I KNOW this couple are my family; I have many pictures of them along with their children; I just haven’t been able to name them YET! There is a distinct possibility that he is my great grandfathers twin brother; whom he learned about when he was “man big” (as the family says). I would love to find out more about him. It’s so frustrating; but as we know, it’s also part of the excitement. My daughter just got home from teaching her fencing class; so, my “dead people” will have to wait until a little later! Take care.