Why Was Someone’s Face Cut Out of This Old Family Photo?

Why Was Someone’s Face Cut Out of This Old Family Photo?

Last June, Janet Foss took a trip to visit Kohlhof in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, the ancestral village of her Blickensdoerfer line. Foss knows that the Blickensdoerfers were Mennonites from Switzerland who fled persecution and settled in the Rhine valley in the early 1700s. (Overcome five common German genealogy problems with these tips.)...Read more
Finding the Story Behind an Old Photo of a Man in Military Uniform

Finding the Story Behind an Old Photo of a Man in Military Uniform

Lost to time is the name of this man wearing a 19th-century military uniform and why he sat for this studio portrait. A picture like this, with carefully placed props, was taken with a particular purpose in mind. To tell a particular story. The photo comes from the Caton family...Read more