Unknown Utah Photos
A couple of months ago as I was passing through town, my dad's cousin and I got together to discuss some genealogy items. She showed me a binder of photos that she found in her mother's belongings. Her mother passed away in December 2016 and my cousin was going through many boxes of genealogy documents and photos. These photos below are all grouped together, I believe in a box, and of course none of them had any names or dates written on the back. Luckily, almost every photo has the photographer's name and/or location.
It appears that most of these photos were taken somewhere in Utah. The following cities/towns are found on the various cards, along with the photographer's names:
Who are these people? Are they family?
My cousin let me take these photos so I could scan them and ask my grandpa if he recognizes anyone. He is the oldest person living on that side of the family, so he would be the best person to identify them if they were family. Unfortunately, he said that none of the people look familiar.
So, who are these people, and why did my great aunt have them? Since she passed away in December 2016 those questions may never be answered. Are these people somehow related to me? Maybe. Could they complete strangers? It's possible.
Knowing my great aunt, I can image if the scenario went something like this. She could have come across these photos at some point when someone wanted to just throw them away. They possibly belonged to a friend or neighbor, and when they passed away their children didn't want them. Unfortunately this happens all the time. If something like this happened, I am sure my great aunt said, "Absolutely not! I will take them." She may have had hopes of finding other family who would want them, or maybe she couldn't bare watching something like this thrown away.
My great aunt was also heavily involved with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers throughout her life. It is possible someone donated the photos and my aunt went on a quest to find family to pass them along to.
In the end, there just isn't any way for us to know how my great aunt came to possess these photos. I hope that over time people can identify them. If you know any of the individuals in these photos, please contact me! Each photo has an ID number. Let me know the ID number when you contact me.
Even more unknown photos
I have even more unknown photos, more of which I obtained from my grandfather. According to the box they were in, they are likely family/friends of Joseph Livingston and Mercie Ella Ivory. You can view the unknown photos here.
Why did I put a watermark on these photos?
I put a watermark on these photos so people can't easily steal them from this site and reuse them, whether that be in print or digital, genealogy presentations, etc. I spent a lot of time scanning these photos and uploading them onto this site.
My main purpose to scan and post these photos is to hopefully find someone, or may people, who can identify who these people are. As far as I can tell, they are not directly related to me. I would love to find descendants of these people and provide them with either the physical photo (they are in my cousin's possession) or provide them with a high-quality digital copy.
Even the Legal Genealogist agrees that placing a watermark on photos like this is "perfectly legal - and yes, it is fair."
If you happen to find this page and you are able to identify individuals in any of these photos, please contact me! Even if you are not related to the person, but you absolutely love one of the photos, let me know. As with many things, if you ask nicely I am sure I'd be more than happy to share a non-watermarked image with you.
Last updated 16 April 2017.