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Hi:

I received my DNA results late last year and I check the matches a couple of times a week; I am determined to find distant relatives from my brickwall ancestors.  ;)

When I check the matches that are 5th - 8th cousins, understandably, our "shared matches" almost always result in 0 matches.  However, a few minutes ago, as I was checking shared matches with another 5th - 8th cousin match, there are 7 results.

Apologies for what could be a silly question but what would be the reason for almost all of my 5th - 8th cousin matches to not share any matches and then have one that has so many matches?  (All of these results are 4th - 6th cousins and closer.)  One reason could be that more descendants of this line took DNA tests than my other lines, but are there other reasons, please?  Thank you for any guidance.  Lisa

PS  I used an Ancestry DNA kit; I am Canadian with English and Irish ancestors, in case it makes any difference.

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When my mother-in-law passed away several years ago we inherited several small boxes of treasured family mementos; we placed the contents of the boxes into two "totes" to try to keep out the moisture as our house can get very damp.  Unfortunately, it appears that when we merged the contents of the boxes into the totes, we merged the family mementos from my mother-in-law's side as well as possibly from two branches of my father-in-law's side.  Very few of the older items are identified (no names).

While looking through the totes again today, I found the photograph shown below.  It appears to be in a wooden frame.  My in-laws' ancestors lived in Pennsylvania and Tennessee and after 1875, in California.

I would like to find out, please, the approximate date of the photograph, the child's age and possible gender (male?) as well as if the frame was a common frame.  While I've seen very few old photographs and frames (compared to most of you)  ;) I've not seen a similar frame before.  Any guidance about the photograph would be wonderful.  Thank you for reading my lengthy summary.  Lisa

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We inherited an old photo album.  There are about 35 photos in the album, only one has a (first) name written on it.  Some of the photographs were trimmed so that they would fit into the slotted pages of the album; the one below was trimmed at the bottom.  Most of the photographs were taken in Pennsylvania, where some of my husband's ancestors lived.

According to the internet, Flaglor Studios was operating at Market & Ninth Streets (San Francisco, California) from 1884 to 1893.

While my husband's grandfather and great uncle were living in California around that time, I don't believe they were married at the time that the photography studio was operating.  Perhaps this is a photograph of another relative?  Approximate date of the photo and suggested ages of the individuals could help identify the family.  Thank you for any suggestions you are able to offer.  Lisa

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My husband has ancestors who lived in Pennsylvania.  The attached photograph is in an old family album. I don't known if there are any names or dates on the photographs; I cannot get most of the photographs out of the album without tearing the paper.  (The photos were slid into slots on the thick cardboard(?) pages.)

I know the photo is very difficult to see but I am wondering if there might be any guesses of her age and when the photograph could have been taken, please?  If anyone is up for a challenge to tidy up the photo, that would be amazing.

According to one online source, the photographer was born in 1846, learned photography at age 22, and moved to Littlestown in 1875.  Thank you very much, Lisa

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We would like to date the photograph, please, and if possible, any guesses of the ages of the subjects would be greatly appreciated, please.

The photo is from our Tierney family photos.  The back of the photo was identified as the Clark family but I'm not too sure that is correct.

The girl/lady on our left appears to be wearing a cross?  Any suggestions of the significance would also be appreciated, please.  Our family doesn't know anything about this family (if they are the Clarks), so any comments about the photo would be very helpful.  Thank you, Lisa

Note:  The file is too large to post with two attachments.  I will post the back side of the photo shortly.

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This is another photograph of Patrick Tierney.  He was born in Ireland c1839, living in San Francisco, California at the time of this photograph.  We don't know the date of the photograph nor do we know what he might be wearing.  Any guesses/knowledge very much appreciated.  Thank you,
Lisa.

PS  He worked for a local railway (street cars) prior to 1900 and after the 1900s he was a labourer for San Francisco parks.  The only thing on the back of the photograph is his name and address (handwritten).

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My husband's ancestor was born in Ireland in 1839.  We were told that he lived in an orphanage in Scotland at some point and married in Dundee, Scotland in 1869.  He sailed to America, also in 1869.

Patrick is seated, with his cousin standing next to him.  We are wondering what the approximate date of the photograph is, please?  Also, is there a chance that the photograph could have been taken in Scotland and a copy made in Dublin?  Thank you for your guidance.  Lisa

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I do not know who has the original copy of this photograph; I hope it is ok to post it so that I may ask a question, please?  (My aunt gave it to me perhaps 5-10 years ago; she obtained it from another relative.)

The photo is of my great-grandmother, Dora.  I am wondering approximately when the photograph may have been taken, please?  Actually, I am also wondering if anyone might know the occasion for the flowers(?).  I believe she has coins near the collar but I cannot see them clearly enough to determine if that is true.  She was born in Ontario, Canada; her parents were born in Ireland. 

Any details about the photograph would be appreciated.  Thank you, Lisa

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I have a copy of a photograph that was possibly taken in a back garden.  I do not know the date of the photo but it was taken prior to 1925, possibly in the early 1920s? Two ancestors are seated; they could be ages 50-60.  Their five adult children are standing behind them.

After looking at the photograph again, I noticed that the mother has only one shoe showing.  The hem of her dress falls to possibly just below her ankle.  Not having viewed a lot of photographs before, did subjects commonly cross one foot behind the other, or did most people generally sit with both feet on the ground?

The reason for the question is that this lady's daughter had diabetes and eventually lost her leg.  I am wondering if possibly the mother could have had the same problem?  Thank you in advance for any guidance.

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