Another Ancestry.com member story to share — this one’s about a photo with wonderful secrets:
“I had wondered what my grandmother looked like at a young age. This was my father’s mother, Mary Helisek Vinic, who died before I was born. The only picture I had of her was of her in an open casket in front of her home. I had some old family pictures but as usual with no names on them. My parents had already passed away so I had no help in knowing the relative’s names. All I knew was they were ‘family.’ I decided to enlarge quite a few of the pictures to put in a photo album. One of them was just a wallet size photo. After enlarging it to 5″ x 7″ we noticed there were names above the people in the photo. To my joy and amazement I discovered the photo was of my grandmother Mary with my Aunt Marie (at the age of 4), my Uncle John (at the age of 3) and my Aunt Antoinette (at the age of 1+). The picture was taken in Bohemia just before my grandma came through Ellis Island. What a wonderful find and an “AHA” moment in ancestry finds.”
— Karen A. Vinic Markey
If you have a story you’d like to share, I definitely want to hear it. Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, visit http://www.ancestry.com/immigration for more information about America’s immigrant roots. You’ll find oral histories, more details about immigration (like what it meant to travel in steerage – ugh) as well as immigration-related family stories from Ancestry.com members and ways to search for your own family’s passenger list and more at Ancestry.com.