David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Gladys Marling Norris and the Genealogy Community

This is my favorite photograph of my maternal grandmother, Gladys Margaret Marling Norris. I chose this as my "Treasure Chest Thursday" item for several reasons. First of all, it is a beautiful portrait of a very special person in my life. Secondly, it stands out in my mind because it was not originally "colorized". At the beginning of my internet research, I uploaded several family photos, including this one in black and white, to the Ancient Faces website. Not long after I had done that, I received an email from a gentleman, including this colorized photograph of my grandmother. He went on to tell me how nice he thought it was that I had remembered my family members by adding them to the website. Because of that, he had added color to the portrait for me. What an incredible gift from a stranger. During the time I have been researching my family history, I have come into contact with many people who have volunteered to photograph burial sites, copy records, and various other kind gestures with no expectation of monetary reward. They, like I, get joy out of sharing the experience of learning more about our family history experience.
That is why I love the genealogy community so much. So, my grandmother is my treasure today; along with the community of family history researchers!

11 comments:

  1. Hi Lori! What a beautiful portrait of your Grams, she looks so "serene" & yes, the random acts of kindness you find in the genea-community is one of the things that makes it so special!:-)

    Luckie.

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  2. Lori,
    I can see why this lovely picture of your grandmother is a favorite --- beautiful, pensive, gentle --- one could look at the picture and go on and on with the adjectives. Thanks for sharing such a treasure.

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  3. Lori, what a beautiful photo and grandmother. She definitely was posing...wonder what she was thinking.
    And so nice for the gentlemen to do the colorizing, I agree, there are a lot of nice people who love to help.
    What is she leaning against, a washboard?
    Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. Love the photo. The coloring was very well done. Beautiful. Theresa

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  5. Lori - what a great picture of your grandmother. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for all the lovely comments. My grandmother truly was beautiful, inside and out!
    I believe in the picture she is leaning against the back of a chair.

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  7. Great Post Lori and what a beautiful grandmother you had!

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  8. Thank you for sharing the photo of your grandma. I look into her eyes wondering what she is thinking. You have inspired me to upload a favorite photo of my own grandma for Treasure Chest Thursday!

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  9. How right you are....she is lovely. I think that the same person sent me some photos colorized that I had posted out on Find A Grave about a year ago. They were of my mother when she was a child. It was a very thoughtful gesture. Thank you for sharing, Lori.

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  10. I can see how this would be your "favorite!" How beautiful!

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  11. Enjoyed the picture. I agree with Barbara, I wonder what she was thinking; she looks pensive or serene. The person sounds like a special angel that colorized for you. Definitely a special treasure

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