|Pile of photos from Musty Box|
But my husband rescued the photos and brought them home. He threw the box out and went through the photos, noting on the back who the people were that his Aunt had identified when he was younger.
Then he tucked the photos away and there they lay for a few years. Until last weekend. He pulled them out of storage and we went through them again.
There are some lovely photos and I can't bear to see them just sit in storage in our home so I'm going to share them here on my blog and then scan them to publish on my Lost Faces website. I hope descendants will find them!
There are 50 assorted photos, postcards and letters. One letter is from a WW1 soldier and is dated 1916 and written on birch bark.
|15 items from the Hooper-Squires Photo Archives|
Aunt Florence was an Elgie and she married Wilbert George aka Wib Hooper. Wib was born in Granton, just outside of St. Mary's in 1913 to Edgar John Hooper and Ettie Squires.
Wib's birth wasn't registered at the time, but in July 1947 his mother filed affidavits to testify that was his birthdate and that she was his mother. The nice thing about a late birth registration is that more detail than normal is given. For example Wib's late birth registration found on Ancestry.com gave me the information that his mother was born in Tuckersmith, Huron Co. Ontario and his father in Blanshard Twp, Perth Co. Ontario.
|Second pile of 15 items from Hooper-Squires Archives|
We noted several photos of Edgar J. Hooper ranging from him as a young man to a much older man. There are family photos of Edgar with his mother and father and siblings so we know we can search census and birth records to find out names of everyone in those photos.
Hubs knew that Edgar's father was John Hooper and that Edgar and Ettie had two boys - Wilbert (Wib) and Earl. He can't recall John Hooper's wife's name but we know that marriage records will provide that detail.
|3rd pile of items from Hooper-Squires Photo Archive|
So my days of fun are about to begin as I research the Hooper-Squires family in St. Mary's and Granton Ontario using Ancestry.com.
I'll start by putting up the photos that we can positively identify and also any research I do on the people in them. It's going to be a lot of fun (and work!) because we also plan to run some facial recognition software to help us match uncertain photos with known.
Once we have all the photos organized, inventoried, scanned and published online, we will probably donate them to the St. Mary's Museum. We will also consider requests from any interested descendants.