Faces in Need of Names

Photo #1 - Unidentified Boys

Photo #1 – Unidentified Boys

For me, the best part of genealogical research is finding old photographs. It’s fine to read about ancestors — where they were born, when they were married, when they died — but seeing their eyes, their expressions, even their attire, makes them real in a way words never could.

Photo #2older girl is Virginia Curry - need to identify the two younger children.

Photo #2
Older girl is Virginia Curry – need to identify the two younger children.

Over time, I’ve amassed a collection of old Bahamian photographs, primarily from my late grandmother, Lurey (Curry) Albury in Nassau and my late uncle, Cuthbert Albury, of Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Though my grandmother was able to identify many faces, I’ve still got dozens of images of people I don’t recognize.

For the next while, I’m going to post small groupings of these photos in hopes that someone can help put names to faces. If the folks in the pictures are ancestors of mine, it would be great to know. If they’re not, I’d love to be able to track down their descendants so I can forward the photos to them.

Do you recognize any of these people or places?

If so, please comment at the bottom of this post or, if you prefer, email me privately. If not, I’d appreciate if you’d forward a link to this page to anyone who might be able to help. (To view full-size images and/or complete captions, just double-click on any photo.)

Finally, I’m always on the hunt for old Abaco photos, particularly of Green Turtle Cay. If you have any you’d like to share, let me know. I’d love to see them.

NOTE: I’m not sure, but I believe most of these photos were taken between the late 1930s and the early 1950s.

This post in the first in a series. Part two: (More) Faces in Need of Names

Related: Putting Names to Faces, Stitches in Time

  15 comments for “Faces in Need of Names

  1. September 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Best of luck to you in getting these photographs identified. It is hard work and most likely will never be complete.

    • September 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I suspect it will take a while, and I may never identify them all. But results are good so far, so fingers crossed!

  2. Priscilla W
    September 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I love this!

    Since Mr. Cuthbert Albury’s father Leon was the brother of my great grandmother Minnie Albury, we are family! 🙂 I would be very interested in pictures you got through Mr. Cuthbert. I have never seen a photo of my Ma Minnie. My mom remembers her a little and says she often spent time with Mr. Cuthbert. Mr. cuthbert would have been Minnie’s nephew and he took care of his father Mr. Leon. We think that is her in that picture you posted in the blog, (the thin woman on Mr. Hansel’s right), and perhaps she is in more of the photos you have. I’d love to see them. Do you have anymore photos with that same woman in them? Maybe you have a picture of her and a man who may have been her husband, Pa Andrew! I’ve never seen a picture of him either!

    Please let me know if you do have more!

    Thanks Priscilla

    Sent from my iPad

    • September 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Hi, Priscilla. I think you are correct! My mom thinks the man in the middle is also Uncle Ancil (“Spotty”), and the woman to the right of him, his wife. I’ll ask around and see if anyone can confirm the identify of the other woman, the one you think might be Minnie.

      Yes, we definitely are family, third cousins, I believe. Papa Leon (brother of Minnie) was my great-grandfather. His son, Lionel, was my grandfather. Who is your Mom? When Uncle Cuthbert died, his photo album ended up with my grandmother, Lurey Albury (wife of Lionel.) I shot photos of all Uncle Cuthbert’s photos, and am now going through them. I’ll email some to you – maybe your Mom would recognize some of them…?

      So great to “meet” another cousin. Please do keep in touch!


  3. Susan
    September 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    This is great! I’m in the process of doing this work with my own family! I don’t know any one in your photos but I do know some people who might. It would help if you had any idea of when the photos were taken. I look forward to updates.

    • September 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Hi, Susan. Thanks for your note. Here are my best guesses at time frames for each of the seven photos (they’re numbered in the captions beneath each one): #1 and #4: 1940s or 50s, #2: somewhere around 1940, #3: mid-40s or so, #5: probably 1940s as well, #6: late 30s-1940s, #7: sometime in the 30s or 40s. Hope that’s helpful. Good luck with your own family research — are you and I related? 🙂


  4. Eileen Hodgkins
    September 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I have this picture and the names of many of the young ladies. Let me know if you need any of them. Eileen Hodgkins (next door to Aunt May’s house)

    • September 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Hi, Eileen. Great to hear from you. Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, please, if you have names of these young ladies, I’d be very grateful to have them. (And if you’ve got any other old GTC photos you wouldn’t mind sharing, I’d love to see them.) Hope to see you soon!

  5. Eileen Hodgkins
    September 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    that would be the pic of the sewing class

    • September 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      That’s what I thought. Do you know if it was also taught by Miss Jones, the missionary who taught knitting?

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