Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Finding Family for my Photos

You might think this title should read "Finding Photos for my Family". But tonight I was able to find a family that will probably want some of my photos, so I'm finding family for my photos. I inherited my mother's photo album from her high school days in the early 1940s. Included in that album were these photos.
Tonight I was looking on Ancestry.com for a listing in any records of a Larry Coats in Plains, Kansas. It turns out that I discovered he was married to Dorothy Haddon, pictured in the photo above. I'm thinking the photos above were taken at the same time, at the same house in front of the same car. I just had no idea there was any connection between these two people in the photos in my mother's album. 
This chart above shows that Dorothy Haddon married Lawrence Coats. Dorothy is a first cousin of Loren Don Haddon, whose mother was Ethel Viola Flanders Haddon. Ethel was my mother's oldest sister.

My mother also had pictures of Alice Haddon.

You can see that Alice Haddon was also a first cousin of Loren Don Haddon, my own first cousin. Alice and Dorothy were both daughters of Earl Haddon, brother of my Uncle Dewey Haddon. 

By finding the Coats and Haddon connections on Ancestry.com, I also found someone who's part of this family and has added their tree to the site. I've written a message to the owner of the tree, offering to share these photos. 

These photos were captioned with identification by my mother in her beautiful handwriting, but until now I didn't know that one was married to another. I love making these little discoveries. Another "Aha!" moment. 


Jana Last said...


I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/10/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-october-2.html

Have a wonderful weekend!

Celia Lewis said...

What a great find, Becky! Fabulous photos to use for your searches.
I don't think I have any similar "who's that?" photos in my albums from my parents, but maybe I should check again...
- Celia