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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Found photos

While perusing an antique shop in South Park on Mother's Day weekend, I discovered many old photos for sale as "ephemera." They were once someone's family photos and now they are just curiosities. I flipped over a few of them and was not surprised to find most had no legends at all.

However, I did find a great old photo that had some IDs on the back. It told the name of the man in the photo and listed his children. I knew I had to buy it and try to get it back to his family.

Here's the photo:

As you can see from the front and back of this photo, there is lots of good genealogy information here. When I got home, I searched in FamilySearch to see if I could find this John Rhodes in Wisconsin.

Sure enough, I found census records for him and his family in 1870 and 1880. John was born in England and married Mary Wiltze from Oneida, New York apparently after coming to America. They were in Trempealeau, Wisconsin, in the 1870s. He is clearly enumerated in both censuses.

However, someone had given his Family Tree profile an estimated death date of 1869.

 I uploaded this photo to FamilySearch and tagged his image so that it appears on the Family Tree. Now the photo is no longer lost. I'm contemplating other places to post the photo so that descendants might find it.

 Where do you think I should post it?