I was fortunate today to discover several family photos of my grandfather Ernest Patrick Moore and his siblings as adults.
I was on Ancestry.com trying to help someone trace their birth parents. This person did not find out he was adopted until well into his adulthood. So far, the only thing he has to go on is the fact that I am a DNA match with high probability that we are first cousins. I will write more about this next week and how I am using DNA circles to try to find out how we are connected.
Back to family photos. I noticed I had some new photo hints for my family tree that were not there a few days ago. For those of you who are not Ancestry.com users, the system alerts you when other members post photos that are most likely relevant to someone in your family tree.
In this case the hint was about my great Aunt – nun Sister Cassilda. I have very fond memories of my great aunt and her sister – nun Sister Patricia. They would come to Oakland California, every few years to visit with their brother, my grandfather Ernest Patrick Moore.
I especially remember one trip when we all went to Fisherman’s Wharf for the day and they bought me and my sisters little figurines of girls made out of seashells, at least that is my childhood memory of how I acquired that souvenir that I still had when I got married. Seeing these photos of Sister Cassilda and Sister Patricia today was such an unexpected treat!
My next step will be to contact the person who posted the photos and identify exactly how we are related. Maybe they will have even more photos to share. I may also have some photos that they have not seen. Finding personal stories about how my family members lived and discovering photos of them are the two things that bring me the most joy in the building of my family tree.