Lú_ PRO 7:23pm, 19 August 2009
I just found a distant relative of my husband's (some sort of cousin a number of times removed -- I ought to go dig up the family tree from my file drawers) in the Commons - Sir Wilmot Hudson Fysh:

Major Syd Addison and Lieutenant Hudson Fysh in a Bristol Fighter aircraft by Australian War Memorial collection


I'd love to see any other personal connections that people have found! Your relatives or family friends, your family homes or schools or places of work -- there must be more of us who've stumbled across our own history in the Commons! If you've found yours or have noticed a comment by someone else who has, please share it with us!
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The Eva Morrison photo attracted a younger relative, timcasey75, who filled in tales of his great-aunt:
Eva Morrison  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
Michelle (LOC) 6 years ago
Take a look at the comments on
[Sylvia Sweets Tea Room, corner of School and Main streets, Brockton, Mass.]  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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There are long detailed stories by the relatives of people who owned this shop or worked above it.
ninakuriloff 6 years ago
these are terrific stories!
:-)
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Another grandson claimed a grandfather in the Bain collection this week:
www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/3201912192/
Lú_ PRO 6 years ago
That's wonderful!
Nice topic :-)

A relative of Carl Curman recognized her grandfather Carl G. Curman and his elder sister Nanna in a photo from our Carl Curman Collection. Carl G. was the youngest son of Carl and Calla Curman, born in 1886. (We thought at first the boy was their eldest son Sigurd.)

Servants and Curman's children, Lysekil, Sweden by Swedish National Heritage Board

She also identified a room in one of the Curman villas in Lysekil as the dining room and told the interesting story of how the relatives of Carl Curman manage the villas today.
www.flickr.com/photos/swedish_heritage_board/3362107793/i...

/Anna B, Swedish National Heritage Board
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Another relative just claimed her auntie in the Flickr Commons!

Frederica Annis Lopez de Leo de Laguna (1906-2004), standing and talking at meeting with Kaj Birket-Smith (1893-1977) by Smithsonian Institution
Katherine wrote in to claim her grandmother, Katharine J. Scott Bishop, and let us know how to spell her name!

Katharine J. Scott Bishop (1889-1976), sitting in lab by Smithsonian Institution
Lú_ PRO 6 years ago
Luke's partner, now identified ... by his grandson!

Luke and Partner (Library of Virginia)
Luke and partner by The Library of Virginia
ninakuriloff 6 years ago
That's so nice that Luke's partner has been identified!
:)
Michelle (LOC) 6 years ago
The first cousin (3x removed) of J.B. Joel just posted a family history...
J.B. Joel  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by The Library of Congress (member) 6 years ago
A few more!

John P. Collins' grandchildren enjoyed seeing his farm in Taunton, MA,
[Small farm of John P. Collins, Taunton, Mass.]  (LOC) by The Library of Congress


Miriam Harriman's descendant clarified a canceled engagement
Miriam Harriman and Mrs. J.W. Harriman  (LOC) by The Library of Congress


Walter Brickett's family made new connections
J.G. Smith, Lily Smith, Walter Brickett  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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Glenna Smith Tinnin's first cousin's granddaughter was glad to see her photo in the LOC stream (and asked me to make another purse using the image!):
Glenna Smith Tinnin  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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Another grandchild came to claim a grandfather in the LOC:
[Frank Metz, first baseman, Boston NL (baseball)]  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
73939133 6 years ago
At the State Library and Archives of Florida, a reader posted that her grandmother lived in the same inn as Deaconess Harriet Bedell, wrote a manuscript about her, and may have worked with her.

Deaconess Bedell and Miccosukee Indians outside the mission by State Library and Archives of Florida
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Another great-grandson claims his great-grandfather:
Lynn J. Arnold  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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Here's a good one--cousins who didn't already know each other met when they both claimed the same ancestor in the LOC uploads:
J.G. Smith, Lily Smith, Walter Brickett  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
ninakuriloff 6 years ago
That is a wonderful story!
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This photo has several relatives commenting on it...
May Bradford welding part of the all Australian monoplane for the England-Australia air race, 1934 / photographed by Sam Hood by State Library of New South Wales collection
ninakuriloff 6 years ago
Wonderful!
Personal connections stories are very heartwarming!

:)
MOD
A great-niece came to claim her scientist auntie in the Smithsonian:
Kathleen May Crossley by Smithsonian Institution
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Very touching remembrance just added to this photo, by the subject's companion late in life:
Elizabeth Valentine  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
ninakuriloff 5 years ago
That is wonderful news!
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pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) (moderator) 5 years ago
Another family reunion through the Commons--two grandchildren of the same boxer meet in the comments section!
Spike Kelly  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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BigBean PRO 5 years ago
that is too, too cool.

If that was my ancestor I'd get a print of this photo from the LOC for my wall.
scismgenie PRO 5 years ago
I just posted several shots relating to my grandfather

Vice Admiral Allan Rockwell McCann

Gonna link them in the Commons.
admin
BigBean PRO 5 years ago
Kathi in Texas claimed her great uncle's father
Jose L. Requena  (LOC) by The Library of Congress

the Mexican politician Jose L. Requena
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BigBean PRO 5 years ago
Agatha from Honduras found Dr. Francisco Bertrand

Dr. Francisco Bertrand - Pres't of Honduras  (LOC) by The Library of Congress


He was twice the president of Honduras and is Agatha's husband's great grandfather
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pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) (moderator) 5 years ago
A great-great grandson came to claim photos in the National Library of Ireland set...
Main Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
A son claimed his father's WWI boat,

Officers and crew, U.S.S. Mount Vernon, October 30, 1918 (LOC) by The Library of Congress



Ballet students claimed their teacher,

Louise Jorgensen in Indian dress  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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And now there's a grand niece learning about her great-aunt from this photo page:
Elizabeth Valentine  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
Reynardo PRO 5 years ago
We're almost certain that this picture from the Powerhouse (Sydney) is my grandfather - the date, the face and the hare-lip are spot on!
Small child wearing smocked dress
National Library of Ireland on The Commons PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by National Library of Ireland on The Commons (member) 5 years ago
As pennylrichardsca says above, one of the photographers of some of our photos on the Commons, Thomas J. Wynne, is the great great grandfather of one of our contacts, who has a very elderly album at home of photos taken by Wynne...

Here's a photo of Thomas J. Wynne, circa 1880, advertising his studio in Castlebar, Co. Mayo:
Photographer Thomas J. Wynne, 1838-1893 by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
We also got great information on this photo
Aeroplane on roof at Barrack Street, Waterford by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
because the grandparents of a friend of ofarrl lived in the house at the time of the plane crash in November 1920...
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Here's a Slate.com gallery, "What's Grandpa Doing on Flickr?"--about this very phenomenon, personal connection in the Commons:
www.slate.com/slideshow/arts/whats-grandpa-doing-on-flickr/
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Sidonie Matsner Gruenberg's great-granddaughter C. E. Dobson came around to comment on this photo:
(left to right): Sidonie Matsner Gruenberg (1881-1974) and Bird Stein Gans (1868-1944) by Smithsonian Institution

and linked to other materials about Gruenberg that she'd uploaded to Flickr (in a set that seems to include images of many of Sidonie's descendants):
Sid Ben Honorary by bethdobson

Sid Ben Honorary 2 by bethdobson

Including Sidonie's funeral announcement:
funeral by bethdobson
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And another today--great-great-niece Kathleen Mary Holland comes to claim her uncle, labor leader James Holland:
Jas. Holland - Labor Day '13  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) (moderator) 4 years ago
A granddaughter came to claim her high-flying grandfather, Myrl:
M.D. Tremelin  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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A great-great niece came to claim her great-great aunt, a shipwreck survivor:
Robt. W. Crellin who rescued little girl, Florence L. Barbour  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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Great-grandmother claimed (and identified):
Mrs. J.M. Batterton  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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A family member confirms the identity of Gertrude and Rosamond Pinchot:
[Mrs. Gertrude Pinchot, wife of Amos Pinchot with her daughter Rosamund]  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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A daughter just came to claim her mother, uncles, and grandmother in this family photo:
Mrs. David Houston & children  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
We were recently contacted by the future child of this little boy:
Tennessee v. John T. Scopes Trial: Howard Gale Byrd, Charles Francis Potter, with Byrd's children John and Lillian, in front of Byrd's parsonage in Dayton, Tennessee. by Smithsonian Institution
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Funny how hearing from "the future child of this little boy" makes perfect sense in this context... Flickr Commons makes us time travelers. ;)
You're so right, Penny. I love that.

Susannah
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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A Welsh singer is a Flickr user's great-great auntie:
Sarah Edith Wynne (Eos Cymru, 1842-97) by LlGC ~ NLW
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A great-grandson claimed his athlete ancestor:
Meadows - Wood - Queal - Longboat  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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A granddaughter came to claim her grandfather in this photo from the Smithsonian:
Helen Miles Davis (1895-1957) and Francis Ernest Lloyd (1868-1947) by Smithsonian Institution
So wonderful!

Let's see if we can date this photograph. I'll update soon!

Susannah
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Here's a "cheeky" boy, claimed by his grandchild:
January 2, 1915 by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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A great-grandchild comes to visit his ancestor, governor of Yucatan:
Dr. Augustin Patron Correa  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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A grandchild came to claim this lawyer:
David Slade  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
ninakuriloff 3 years ago
The stories on this thread are heart-warming!
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A grandchild came to claim actress Dai Turgeon:
Dai Turgeon  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
ninakuriloff 3 years ago
Another wonderful story, Penny!
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pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) (moderator) 3 years ago
A Flickr user clicked on this World War I portrait, thinking he looked so much like her brother. Then she learned that she shared a middle name with the young man in the photo, and that he might actually be her great-uncle:
Private William Cecil Tickle by IWM Collections


Another Imperial War Museum image finds kin: "The Seabrook boys were my great-great uncles":
Private Theo Leslie Seabrook, 2 Lieutenant William Keith Seabrook, Private George Ross Seabrook by IWM Collections
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A great-granddaughter came to claim BOTH her artistic great-grandparents in the LOC uploads:
Mrs. Sam'l [i.e, Samuel] Swift  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
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A grandson/nephew came to claim this family portrait:
December 20, 1926 by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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