Sunday, December 28, 2014

Eight Generations with Photos

I have photos of three of my sets of great-grandparents, but not the fourth. But being 67 years old, I'm in the position of having photos of ancestors as well as many of their descendants. I have to credit Facebook for this, because I can be in touch with distant cousins and their children today.  
My step-mother Phyllis (Jones) Margheim (at right in the photo above) had a half-sister Katherine (Jones) Dyer, who is pictured at left. Phyllis and Katherine share their father Henry James "Jim" Jones, whose name at birth was James Robert Smith. Jim is pictured below with daughters Katherine, Phyllis and his 3rd wife Laura (Maupin) Jones.
One of Katherine's sons was Paul Dyer, who married Julitta (Elsen) Dyer January 4, 1954 (pictured below). 
Paul and Julitta had four children, one of whom was Larry Dyer. Larry has a daughter Ashlea, who also has a daughter Peyton. As a teenager I knew Larry Dyer and his parents, but have only met Ashlea and her family on Facebook. It's wonderful that the younger generation so freely posts pictures of themselves and their families. I've gathered some really cute photos of Peyton, thanks to Ashlea for sharing so often.

I woke up this morning thinking of Peyton and I realized I have pictures of her ancestors that cover eight generations! So I spent some time earlier today preparing this chart for her. 

How many of us would love to have a relationship chart showing our ancestors seven generations back, with photos too? I sure would. I'm happy that I knew the people at least back to my (step)grandfather, Jim Jones, who was born in 1889. And I'm very grateful that, through Facebook, I've come to know who Ashlea and Peyton Riley are! 

1 comment:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh I so agree with you about FB! I have met many distant relatives and have been able to share so much with them. We even created a family FB page that goes back to 6 generations for me, my ancestor who was in the Rev War. Great idea about the tree and pictures. I could do that the same for my little cousins (my cousins grandchildren). I can go back 7 generations on one side and 6 on the other..amazing!