Friday, April 18, 2014

WANTED: The family of John Cole from Mifflin, Ohio

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John Cole and I met at an antique store in Michigan. We talked about how he managed to be living in the antique store. He seemed to be suffering from a bit of a memory loss replying back "He doesn't remember, but he would very much like to find his family again". John is from Mifflin Ohio according credentials on the back of his photo. So he came home with me and I did some research on to see if I can joggle his memory again, I found a John Cole in....

1870 living in Mifflin OH with his father Benjamin. John was 23 at the time and a school teacher. 

1880 age 35 in Mifflin OH and a farmer, he is married to  Martha and has children Roy and Edna

1900 age 55 married to Melinda, he is a farmer. Living with him is Roy, Edna, Harry, Benjamin and Clayton

1910 age 64 married to Melissa and still farming in Mifflin OH

1920 age 78 married to Melissa and retired in Mifflin OH. Living with them is Edna, Benjamin and Clayton

1930 age 87 married to Melissa, retired and now living in Bethany, Harrison Co. Missouri

1931 age 88 he died in Bethany Missouri.
He was amazed but still could not remember any of this. So it is vital we find his family and being back home might help his memory.

If you recognize this man or know someone who knows of John Cole's family, please contact me...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This Is What I Love To Do

This is just fun, fun, fun to do. Some tares mended, spots removed, brightening color and it turns out wonderful.

 Thank you to my gracious client for allowing me to post her photo on my blog and Facebook page. 

I can do the same with your photo. Just contact me through this blog or email: 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What a Handsome Guy!

This is Mark, he's my grandson and he's such a handsome guy don't you think? I took this photo and thought it was good except for the red eyes. I am not a photographer by no means, so I let my Photoshop software make up for my lack of photography skills, and it  took care of that quite well. With a little improvement here and a little tweaking there... and now his photo is wow! When I retouch photos, I don't mean to alter physically, I just make small improvements. Like remove acne, red eye, whiten teeth and improve brightness and color making the photo pop!

I can do the same for your photos. Just contact me through this blog or my email address

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Marcia Kennedy from Seattle

"Marcia Kennedy, Seattle, My Cousin" is what written on the back of this lovely photo. She has a pretty smile, 1940ish curly blonde hair and Claudette Colbert style eye browses. 

A quick research on I found a Marcia Kennedy in a 1940 census, born about 1904 in Michigan, married to Fred W. Kennedy living in Seattle Washington with their 3 kids Clyde, Myrtle and Verlin. Also living with them at that time are 3 children Katherine Simpokos, Dorothy Simpokos and William Simpokos. Perhaps they are nieces and nephew of either Marcia or Fred.

I found this photo in an antique store in Michigan. I am not positive I found the correct Marcia in this census record, there were other Marcia Kennedy's listed. But this one makes sense, my finding the photo in Michigan, Marcia is born in Michigan.

If you are looking for Kennedy or Simpoko surnames or if you know someone who is, please forward my blog article to them. I would dearly love for Marcia to be with her family again.

This photo can be found at my store Misplaced Ancestors. Below is a link.

Name:Marcia Kennedy
Estimated birth year:abt 1904
Marital Status:Married
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Home in 1940:SeattleKingWashington
Map of Home in 1940:View Map
Street:16th Ave N E
House Number:8005
Inferred Residence in 1935:Rural, Thurston, Washington
Residence in 1935:Rural, Thurston, Washington
Resident on farm in 1935:Yes
Sheet Number:4A
Attended School or College:No
Highest Grade Completed:High School, 4th year
Weeks Worked in 1939:0
Income Other Sources:Yes
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Marvin Kennedy46
Marcia Kennedy36
Clyde Kennedy18
Myrtle Kennedy16
Verlin Kennedy15
Katherine Simpokos14
Dorothy Simpokos12
William Simpokos10

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Mary and Florence Dull

This is a post card dated July 25, 1910 of 7 year old Mary Dull and her little 1 year old sister Florence. The card is in poor shape but the children are adorable, identified and dated. Perhaps with their mother's handwriting on the back.

This post card measures 3 1/2 X 5 1/2 inches. Very poor condition, dirty on the front and there is a crease near the top that bends easily. Still a very desirable find for the family genealogist.

These sisters can be found at this link

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ernie and Marion Virginia Marhar

Meet Ernie Marhar and Marion Virginia Marhar or maybe it's Markar. I had no luck finding any information on them. I can't even say Marion is Ernie's daughter.

 I found these two photos in the same basket in an antique store in Michigan.

Ernie sitting on his front porch with a cigar wearing a shirt and tie. 
He might have just come home after working or it's a sunny Sunday afternoon after church.

Marion is an adorable chubby cheek 9 month old baby. My guess the photos are dated 1920-1930.

If you are researching Marhar or Markar or know of someone who is. Here is a link to these photos in my Etsy shop.

Or contact me on this blog

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Marguerite Jenks

I found this baby photo of Marguerite Jenks in an antique store in Michigan. There is no other information on this adorable baby. 

I used to search this name and there is a 1910 census from Charlevoix, Michigan listing a Marguerite Jenks 3 years old, born in 1907. This photo could be from that time. The census lists her parents as Robert H. Jenks, mother is Lizzie K Jenks and a sister named Esther L. Jenks.

I am not claiming this is photo is the Marguerite Jenks in Charlevoix but it could very possibly be her. If you know anyone researching Jenks name, especially in Michigan. Please forward this blog post to them.

I have this photo for sale at my store. Click this link below.
Robert H Jenks
Father's Birthplace:Michigan
Mother's name:Lizzie K Jenks

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Miss Ellen Perkins

Miss Ellen Perkins is posing in this photo. No location or any other information to clue me in an where this photo was taken. I found it in an antique store in Michigan.
Since her name is Miss Ellen Perkins, I am assuming she is not married. The time era of the photograph could be 1890's or 1900's perhaps. She looks to be about 20 year's old, so she could have been born around early 1870-1880. Searching on I found a few Ellen Perkins living in Michigan. Some have Ellen for the middle name. It's hard to sort out since I have no more information on her. Perhaps the Perkins family genealogist will recognizer her. Please forward this post to anyone researching the Perkins name. Miss Ellen Perkins would love to go home again. She can be found at this link

Thursday, February 6, 2014

My Business card

This is my business card created from an old photo of me and my brother and sister. We decorated our bikes for the Memorial Day Parade in Ferndale MI.

I can design business cards for you too. 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Replace Backgrround

There is always a photo in one's photo albums that has the wrong background. What I love about Photoshop software is taking the subjects out and putting them in front of a new more interesting background.
Here is some examples of replacing the background.

I can do the same with your photos! 

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Monday, February 3, 2014

A Treasured Wedding Photo Corrected and Restored

This wedding photo is too dark. There is a camera flash reflection in the mirror distracting the wedding cake. If you look really close you can see the bride's eyes are closed.

I lightened the photo and contrast. Removed the camera flash refection and opened the bride's eyes. Now you can see the colors of the bride's corsage. 

I can do the same for your photos. This type of photo correction is would cost $10.00.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Two New Projects

I just finished a couple projects for my cousins. I have very reasonable rates

This on is had several scratches and cracks. This photo would cost about $10.00 to repair.

This photo was torn in half and a little more difficult to mend, plus toning down a very bright spot in the upper right corner. This project would cost about $20.00 to repair 

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 I can quote you an cost to repair your photo. Most photos are about $10.00, more difficult or damaged photos will cost about $20.00-$25.00

Friday, January 3, 2014

Paradis Ancestors

Happy New Year everyone! 
Malvina is sitting in the chair on the left

I just have to tell the world about my newest and most exciting information I found of my ancestors. Well exciting for me anyways.

I knew my Great Great Grandmother Malvina Paradis LaRue, and I even knew her parents names, John and Orilla Paradis. I also knew they came from Quebec Canada. What I didn't know is where they lived in Quebec. I haven't researched in quite a long time. I buckled down and with the right search at I found them in 1871 Canadian Census, Montmagny Quebec, St François de la Rivière Du Sud district. I didn't have such good luck finding them later, but I will just keep trying. It's really a good feeling learning about your family history. Any of my family who reads this can contact me and I will gladly share.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2014 year and hopefully I will find more news to post.

All Smiles,


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Galetta Bourough or Burrough

Galetta Bourough, a lovely name don't you think? This is how her name is spelled on the back of this photograph I found in an antique store in Michigan. On the front is photographer G. L. Heath with no location. I did some research on the internet finding another photo with G. L. Heath from Hastings Michigan.

On I found records of "Bess Britton Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Collection Index"

NameGaletta Burroughs

Her last name can be spelled any numerous of ways. I did a brief research of her name spelled as Burroughs but did find anything more. I can't tell if this is her maiden name or married name. I will leave the detailed search to her family members. I wouldn't want to take too much fun away from their research......

This photo can be found at my Etsy location Restored Memories

Saturday, April 28, 2012

From Tintype to Digital

A friend brought to me 2 tintype photographs of her Great Great Grandparents. Oh they are wonderful. I wish I had photos of my ancestors dating back that far. These photos may be dated somewhere in the 1880's is my guess. Quite good condition for their age. 

Original scan
Original scan

Once I lightened them up did I notice all the scratches and marks. Cleaning it up was fairly easy. She asked me to put them side by side to make one photo of the both together to frame.
Lightened showing scratches
Lighten showing scratches
Restored with his name

Restored with her name



I thought this would be easy too but oh was actually the hardest part of this project. I had to go through many many backgrounds to find the right that just makes it the perfect. It has to be the one that makes you go "Oh yea!" at first glance. I did find a few, the tapestry background turned out to be my favorite and hers too.


Now she has them digitalized for safe keeping. It's best to have the original, but you should scan them to make copies. Put them on CD's and pass them to your family. Sharing is a good thing and this way you have copies as backups just in case the original disappears. Digitizing your photos is a very good idea. The only thing that bothers me is will the file name of the person stay with the photo for identification. You can add details to the properties of the file but you don't see it up front. It's still a good idea.
Thank you so much Patti for entrusting in me with your precious photos and the honor of bringing these photos back to life. You have lovely ancestors, enjoy!