52 Ancestors,
in 52 Weeks
Week 4:
Favorite Photo
Family Finds Charter Oak

Favorite Photo, Revisited

I wrote about my favorite photo last year for the week 2 prompt of the 2020 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. [1] For this year’s prompt I’ll share the photo books created by my sister Dorothy featuring the photos I wrote about last year. My sister is very talented at creating paper crafts. She has been posting a wide variety of paper projects for years on her website AuntAnnie.com. [2] 

Photo Books

The three photo books Dorothy created are miniatures. The first one is about 4 by 2.5 inches and is a modified accordion style with hard covers.

Little Book 1a
Little Book 1b
Little Book 1c
Little Book 1d

The second mini-photo book is about 3 by 2 inches and made from a single 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper. The images are laid out in a particular pattern such that when cut and folded to form the book the sheet of paper remains whole. She also printed my favorite photo on the back of the sheet.

Little Book 2a
Little Book 2b
Little Book 2c
Little Book 2d

The third mini-photo book is very small at just three-quarters of an inch tall! It is fashioned in the same way as the 3” by 2” book, just much smaller. Dorothy had a reason to make it this small… it fits inside a locket, nice!

Little Book 3a
Little Book 3b
Little Book 3d
Little Book 3e


All three little photo books are very sweet and make wonderful keepsakes that I will always treasure. Thank you Dorothy!

Little Book All

Favorite Photos

William and Uva Lafara

William (1910-1918) and Uva (1913-1991) Lafara were my second cousins, once removed. The children of Jesse Lafara, all three are buried in Summitville, Madison County, IN.

John LaFara, 1910

John LaFara, 1910

My paternal great grandfather was a farmer and laborer.  Other than his engagement photo, he is always in dirty work clothes in photos.

Earl LaFara, 1907

Earl LaFara, 1907

My paternal grandfather is a teenager in this photo, proving teenagers of all eras can be silly.

Grace Osborne, 1928

Grace Osborne, 1928

My paternal great aunt was lots of fun. Here she is hamming it up with a neighbor child, Mary Ann Buskel.

Pearl Osborne, 1914

Pearl Osborne, 1914

My paternal grandmother was just 21 when this photo was taken. I colorized it using PhotoShop and chose to imagine her wearing a dress trimmed in her favorite color.

Homer King, 1885

Homer King, 1885

This is a very small tin-type photo of my maternal great grandfather. He was just 20 years old in this image and it is the oldest photo in my mother’s collection.

Roxie King, 1910

Roxie King, 1910

My maternal great aunt was just a teenager in this photo. She seems to be playing dress-up in an oversized coat and hat.

Edith King and Ella Rumple King, 1918

Edith King and Ella Rumple King, 1918

My maternal grandmother and great grandmother posed on a hay rake.  I like this image because of the outfits they are wearing. 


I have attempted to make a template for the full sheet folded mini-book. Select the link below, then right click on the image to save it to your computer. It is basically a few cuts and a fan fold to create the book. Also, use the search term “how to make a 16 page book from a single sheet of paper” and your results will include a number of videos and “How-To’s” for making the folded paper booklet. Also, I’ve placed a link to the locket in the Sources section below. [3]


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Remember Me and I Will Live

Frank Takeo Flucawa

Born Takeo Furukawa on 15 March 1883 in Tottori-Ken, Tokyo, Japan, little is documented of his early childhood. Family oral history stories say that the young Takeo experienced hunger, poverty and the loss of his family. Additionally, the stories tell of friendship, spiritual learning and scholarship.

David L. Osborne: His Indianapolis Homes

My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne, lived at over 20 addresses around Indianapolis between 1876 and 1942. I thought it would be interesting to see all the old buildings and homes where he lived in my hometown of Indianapolis.

The Marriage of David and Jennie Osborne

My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne (1848-1942), was a widower with two young sons in 1886 when he married Jennie Warbington (1857-1918) in Minneapolis on the 27th of May. I decided it was time to put sources to the story.

Do You See A Resemblance?

While working on a family photo project I decided it would be fun to compare side-by-side my father and his parents, at similar ages, to try and discover a family resemblance.

Probate of Jesse King 1868

Jesse King was born in Ohio (probably in the vicinity of Chillicothe) in 1805, he was a son of Philip King and Mary Leah Wright, both of Pennsylvania. Philip King was a farmer, he married Leah Wright in 1801 in Somerset, PA, they had six children, of whom Jesse was the third.

Letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary

A handwritten letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary to the then president of the United States, Grover Cleveland. It was her last appeal for a War of 1812 pension, sadly the pension was denied. The letter gives a glimpse of a woman who had no formal education, a poor farmers wife, then widow, mother of nine, she probably just wanted some independence through an income of her own.

Sarah Smith: Challenge

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 2: Challenge
So much about genealogy research is a challenge, perhaps the most common challenge is the ‘brick wall,’ meet Sarah Smith. 18?? – 1846

Laferre to LaFara: Unusual Name

The surnames in my tree are typical of common western European names. However, the name that is unusual among these names is MY surname: LaFara.

Luella Pressell: Surprise!

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 6: Surprise!
Just when you think you know everything about an ancestor, surprise! I thought I knew most everything about my paternal great grandfather David L. Osborne, 1848-1942.

Rumple Family Photo 1895

For all of us who are procrastinating about labeling photos I have one thing to say, “Be considerate of the genealogist of the future!” My maternal grandmother was very good about labeling old family photos, and there is one, in particular, I found very informative.

Conrad Rumple: Bachelor Uncle

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 10: Bachelor Uncle
My uncles are the marrying kind, sometimes more than once!
I had to go back four generations for a bachelor uncle, my great-great-great uncle Conrad Rumple, 1833-1911.
Conrad was an older brother to my great-great grandfather on my matrilineal line, William Rumple, 1839-1912.

George Lafary and Catherine Landon: Large Family

My great-great grandparents, George Lafary and Catherine Landon, had a relatively small family, three of their six children survived to adulthood. However, they both came from large families of nine siblings and nearly all survived to marry and have children.

In The Paper

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 13: In The Paper
It’s fun to find articles in the paper mentioning one of my relatives. Mostly they are birth, marriage, divorce and death events. But, it’s the oddball articles in the papers I like the most.

Genealogy Brick Walls

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 14: Brick Wall
We all have a brick wall, that one ancestor who defies all research. I decided I would work at my brick walls by generation, I broke through the last of my 3rd great grandparent brick walls, now I am working on 4th great grandparents.

Catherine Landon: Out of Place

I realized I did not have a date of death for my great, great grandmother, Catherine Landon Lafary. A fresh search uncovered the date and much more. Out of place, but once discovered, everything fell into place.

Immigrant Ancestors, Fresh Start

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week1: Fresh Start.
The varied reasons my European ancestors immigrated to North America for a fresh start.

William and Uva Lafara: Favorite Photo

I have many favorite photos among my collection of family artifacts. Currently, my favorite photo is of two little children from 1916 who were a complete mystery to me until last spring.

Close to Home

My grandparents. Earl and Pearl, met at church, close to home, in 1914,

So Far Away

My great-uncle Frank immigrated to the United States from Japan in 1905 to further his education, so far away

Same Name

I get excited when I discover an ancestor with the same name as a friend, or co-worker, or neighbor. Maybe we are related!