Generations: A Pictorial History

Boy, when I procrastinate, I sure do procrastinate! Several months ago (okay, it was a few more than several), Randy Seaver, through his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun series, challenged other bloggers to pictorially document their family back through the generations: For how many generations, unbroken, do you have portraits of your family?

At first, I thought, “Hey, this genealogical challenge should be easy! I have thousands of pictures attached to my family tree.” I soon realized, however, just how hard this challenge really was, as the majority of my photos were not of people at all; in fact, most were locational pictures, headstone photos, or source images.

While I have several lines in both my family and my spouse’s family who have headshots for six generations (two in my family’s, six in his), I only have two pictorial lines that go farther back than six generations. The first is one of my maternal lines.


Rebecca Ann Moore (1841-1926)
My 3rd great-grandmother


Hannah Anna Layton (1874-1952)
My 2nd great-grandmother


My great-grandmother


Florence Jean Cole (1927-2002)
My grandmother


When you include the three living generations (whose pictures I will not post), that makes seven generations in the Cole-Marriner line for whom I have photos.

But that is not the longest pictorial line in my family tree. The longest, one of my paternal lines, spans back more than six generations. After adding the three living generations (again whose pictures I will not post), there is a total of eight generations in the Taylor-Thomas line for whom I have photos.


Sarah Schlosser (1804-1882)
My 4th great-grandmother


Solomon S. Thomas (1831-1910)
My 3rd great-grandfather


John Luther Thomas (1857-1927)
My 2nd great-grandfather


My great-grandmother


Carl Victor Taylor (1920-1997)
My grandfather
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12 thoughts on “Generations: A Pictorial History

  1. I will email you, and we can compare our finds. Unfortunately, any Thomas digital photos I may have were courtesy of other Thomas family members. (Bless them!)

    All of my great-grandmother’s photo albums and framed pictures (of which there were many) went to another line of the family. Who has them now is anyone’s guess…

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  2. What a find! I would love to see those…

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    I would love to see any pictures of the Thomas family or obtain copies if possible. It seems most have been lost through the generations of my family.

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    I happened across a picture of John Luther and his wife recently and also a younger picture of Solomon Thomas

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  6. I am probably not the best person to advise you, Carol Anne, considering that I am obsessed with genealogy, but I do recommend learning more about your family history. Sometimes heart-breaking, always fascinating, researching family history is a rewarding experience. 🙂


  7. wow! that’s incredible! How absolutely wonderful to have those photos! I only have photos of my grandparents, and parents, but I’ve never really investigated my family tree that much before. Maybe I should!

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  8. What good fortune to have so many family photos!

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  9. Wow! this is amazing. I must do this as well sometime.

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  11. I love photo legacies!

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  12. Wonderful—you are so lucky to be able to get back so far!

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