For two weeks I have been working on my family tree.
I have actually began to dream about them!
I'm lost in lists and more lists and photographs and clues.
It's a fantastic summertime project, especially during chilly temperatures and monsoon rains.
Last evening I visited my parents and my Mom showed me pictures I don't recall ever seeing before.
I was familiar with this one of my Mom, as I have a colour reprinted copy.
Isn't she adorable? She reminds me of Shirley Temple.
She was holding her hands out to catch a ball!
This is the photo I was after. I have a huge one in an original frame. The frame needs to be repaired.
I wanted a smaller copy, and my Mom had one.
This is my maternal grandparents, my mother's parents.
Helen's maiden name was Guse. I'm having a difficult time tracking them down online!
They changed their surname from Gusowski. I believe that's the correct spelling.
Yes, it's Polish, as Helen's father, August Guse, was born in Poland in 1866.
Helen was a wonderful seamstress, and she made her wedding dress.
Her sister in law, Helen (Brutke) Keene borrowed it for her wedding and refused to give it back!
I wonder what happened to it.
Helen was 21 when she was married, just like me!
She was married 70 years before I was.
Isn't this another adorable photo? It was taken in San Antonio, Texas, at the McMahon Studio.
These are my mother's cousins.
Their mother is Helen (Brutke...sister to Adolph Brutke, my mother's father) and their father is Edward Keene. My mother often played with their younger sister, Louise, as she was the same age as her.
I just love old photos!