Unidentified People in Old Albums #3

1940s / 1950s in New York / Puerto Rico


Family Tree Photo Book


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We’ve all seen it–the zoned-out, eye-glazed-over effect we have on our family members when we enthusiastically share our newest genealogical discoveries. But I finally figured out a way to elicit responses that aren’t as lackluster. After scanning and re-scanning the … Continue reading

Unidentified People in Old Albums #1

After combing through my great grandmother’s photos a million times, there is still a small stack with unidentified people. My great grandmother lived in the Bronx, New York from the 1920s until the 1970s. There were also many trips to visit family in Manatí, Puerto Rico. Some of the people in these photos may be distant relatives, but the majority are likely friends and neighbors. If anyone happens to identify the subjects in the photos, please let me know!

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Getting Organized aka Photos Everywhere

imageThis mess really does have some order to it. It has been a long process to organize, identify and scan…and all of these photos are only from one box. This is step one for me to making a family tree book for a part of my family. The goal is to scan and save high quality digital images of the photos, digitally clean up the ones in poor shape, and to share them with the family.


Helen VazquezToday is my mommy’s birthday…she would have turned 65.  She’s been gone for almost five years now, but it never stops sucking that she’s gone.  I miss her for selfish reasons like wanting her to be around when I had finally graduated from college, and I wish she could be there for when I get married and have kids.  She was a major promoter of the importance of family and she is definitely the source for my interest in research my family tree.  Luckily, I was bit by the genealogy bug early and we were able to have many discussions about family photos, the connections to those relatives, and the stories that brought those relatives to life.  Her name was Helen.