You would think that favorite photos for family history would be old ones that have been discovered whilst researching or talking to family. But, interestingly, my favorites are the photos I have taken myself whilst visiting some of the places of my ancestry.
The first is a photo of an old church. Recently I asked several members of my family including my father and mother to come with me to the towns where they were born and show me some of the family properties. But this church was one they did not know about.
My great, great, great grandfather, Richard Adams donated the land on which this church was built to the Zion Baptist Church in 1869. I had read about the church in a family history and wanted to see if it was still standing. The actual location in Newham, Victoria took some tracking down but imagine our excitement as we rounded a bend in the road to see the actual church still standing and the sign at the front still visible.
The next photo was taken on the same day. The Cook family, were blacksmiths. So Mum and Dad directed us to the location of the old blacksmith business in Rochford, Victoria. Once again we were surprised when we saw an old sign on one of the sheds saying “Cooks Smiddy”.
Now to my father’s side of the family. This is a photo of the house my grandmother grew up in. That’s her with her father and mother. It still looks very much the same today as it did over 100 years ago.
And the final one is the stained glass window that features my great grandparents names. They were god fearing Irish Catholic folk and the story goes that the local parish priest told the family that he would “tie you to the ground” if a donation was not made towards the new church. It is a beautiful window isn’t it?