What Kind of Beard Did Your Ancestor Sport?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 29, 2013 in Cool Finds, Holidays

We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday! Now as the smell of turkey disappears and the food coma fades, we wanted to share a fun photo we found in our Library of Congress Database and a good cause.

Movember is a global organization dedicated to generating awareness and raising funds for men’s health issues. Movember supports world-class men’s health programs that combat both prostate and testicular cancer. Why Movember? Well, because the organization likes to make things easy and fun – for the 30 days in the month of November, Movember asks that men grow (and women support) a moustache  therefore becoming advocates and symbols of the fight for men’s health. As moustaches sprout up across the country, men can register their moustaches at Movember’s site and ask for donations throughout the month to support the cause.

So in the spirit of Movember, we’d like to ask you, what kind of a moustache did your ancestor sport? 

Beard Trimming Chart




1 joesph redbear lesleyNovember 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

i have a family bible that proves my kinship to frank and jessie james on my mothers side

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3 Gerard HitlerNovember 30, 2013 at 3:54 am

My ancestor used to sport a small, clipped toothbrush style moustache. I grew a similar one my self in support of Movember.

4 Rebekah MendozaNovember 30, 2013 at 8:13 am

I was once very fortunate to find on Ancestry a newspaper article about a trial in which an ancestor of mine was being tried for murder of another family member. I was amazed at the wonderful descriptions of the defendants (3) and the lawyers. I learned that my great grandfather was considered a handsome man and wore an imperial. I was prompted to look up facial hair to find out what an imperial was. Very interesting how news reporting has changed – how beautiful some of the old articles were in comparison to today’s cut and dried style. By the way, he and the other defendants were found not guilty and the incident ruled an accident.

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