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    I really enjoy all kinds of old photos. Especially if they happen to deal with genealogy. If I have a physical copy of the photo I usually take a magnifying glass and an HD camera and inspect it further; if the quality permits. A picture is really worth a thousand words. I discovered the place where my 3rd great grandfather worked and lived—not to mention about half of my family history—by magnifying an image of an emblem of an old hat he used to wear!
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    Here's a photo of Ralph W. Stevens and his wife Una Lee Carroll from about 1933 in Missouri. Ralph is a son of the couple in the photo in the first post in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revmac View Post
    I really enjoy all kinds of old photos. Especially if they happen to deal with genealogy. If I have a physical copy of the photo I usually take a magnifying glass and an HD camera and inspect it further; if the quality permits. A picture is really worth a thousand words. I discovered the place where my 3rd great grandfather worked and lived—not to mention about half of my family history—by magnifying an image of an emblem of an old hat he used to wear!
    I don't mean to derail the thread with non-Stevens pictures, but I had some fun with colorizing some of my old pictures awhile back which also brought out a LOT more detail (although I didn't learn anything close to what you did!).

    As an example this is the earliest male-line ancestor I have a picture of, he was born in 1786 so I'm very grateful to the distant relative who still had this. I'm sure a professional could do a much better job than my amateur Photoshop efforts but it still brings him to life (for me at least) better than the original.

    john vance jun ca 1865.jpg john vance jun ca 1865 Colored-2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-V View Post
    I don't mean to derail the thread with non-Stevens pictures, but I had some fun with colorizing some of my old pictures awhile back which also brought out a LOT more detail (although I didn't learn anything close to what you did!).

    As an example this is the earliest male-line ancestor I have a picture of, he was born in 1786 so I'm very grateful to the distant relative who still had this. I'm sure a professional could do a much better job than my amateur Photoshop efforts but it still brings him to life (for me at least) better than the original.

    john vance jun ca 1865.jpg john vance jun ca 1865 Colored-2.jpg
    Awesome!

    My youngest daughter is currently away from home for the month of July at a university (she'll be a high school junior in the fall) studying computer animation. One of the things she is learning to master is Photoshop. When she gets home at the end of the month I'll get her to show me how to do that.
     


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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    Here's another old one, from a Stevens family reunion in Hillsboro, Ohio, in 1904. Unfortunately, I can't label this one with the names of the individuals.

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    All these pictures contain at least some relatives of mine. I'm not just guessing based on the surname and the location; I know from y-dna and autosomal matches.
    Here's something interesting in that family reunion photo above. If you look at the bearded old man sitting in the chair in the right foreground, you can see that he has a distinct tan line (or sunburn line more likely, since we're talking about my family) on his forehead, pretty obviously where his hat protected the top of his forehead. I'm pretty sure he was a farmer who worked outside a lot.

    Given the date of that photo (autumn 1904), I think the old man is one of two of John Stevens' brothers who were still around in 1904: George Stevens (1831-1905) or his brother Humphrey Stevens (1837-1923). I'm guessing he is George and that the bearded old man standing next to him is Humphrey, since George was the older of the two. I'm not sure who he is, however.

    Here's a close-up of his face showing the tan line.

    Stevens_old man with beard 1904.jpg
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    love the tan line detail bro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    Here's something interesting in that family reunion photo above. If you look at the bearded old man sitting in the chair in the right foreground, you can see that he has a distinct tan line (or sunburn line more likely, since we're talking about my family) on his forehead, pretty obviously where his hat protected the top of his forehead. I'm pretty sure he was a farmer who worked outside a lot.

    Given the date of that photo (autumn 1904), I think the old man is one of two of John Stevens' brothers who were still around in 1904: George Stevens (1831-1905) or his brother Humphrey Stevens (1837-1923). I'm guessing he is George and that the bearded old man standing next to him is Humphrey, since George was the older of the two. I'm not sure who he is, however.

    Here's a close-up of his face showing the tan line.

    Stevens_old man with beard 1904.jpg
    It's great that you have pictures of such old relatives, that man was born decades before the US Civil War, it's hard to imagine what life was like for him.

    The oldest photo I have is that of my paternal grandmother and her folks with her older brother, she was about 7 or 8 years old at the time which puts the photo around mid/late 1920s. I wish I had photos of my grandfather when he was young, but unfortunetly there's none. Being just a common folk in the rural highlands of north-central Portugal had its issues. I know he balded rather young, my father has only partially inherited it (on the other hand my grandmather had dense hair until she passed away at 97) and I even less so, although it didn't totally dodge it
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    If I'm right about who those two bearded old men are, they were both Civil War Union Army veterans, 168th Ohio Infantry.

    There were Stevenses on the Confederate side, as well, like my own second great grandfather:

    Stevens_James Holmes_colorized photo_with name.jpg

    Yeah, he was born in Beaver County, PA, but his dad moved the family to NE Louisiana in about 1845, so he grew up there. His younger brother Alfred (born in Ohio) served in the same unit but was killed in the war.

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    My y-dna line great grandmother died in 1913, and my y-dna great grandfather remarried. He had one son as a result of this second marriage, whom he named after himself.

    Here is a WWII photo of that son, James Holmes Stevens III, and one of James III's wife, Beatrice. They had three daughters.

    Stevens_James Holmes III 1918-1987.jpg Stevens_Beatrice Algene Manning_wife of James Holmes Stevens III.jpg
     


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