Saturday, July 21, 2012

We interrupt this scrapbook.....

Photo by charlottel

I last wrote about my grandmother's scrapbook and I've been looking forward to blogging about the discoveries as I find them.  But I've had an exciting find this week that I just have to share.

My mother's parents divorced when she was about 10 and she was never much of a part of her father's life.  In fact, even though we received gifts from him every Christmas, I only met him once growing up and I really don't have much memory of him.  And since my mother wasn't a part of his life, either, she didn't seem to have any pictures of him.  Try as she might, she just couldn't seem to come up with one. 

Until last weekend.  I was home for my high school reunion and was able to spend some time with Mom.  When I arrived at her house, she said she remembered a box that her step mother had sent to her upon her father's death and she thought she knew where it was.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity and was quickly on a step stool rumaging through her hall closet.  And guess what I found?  Yep, some photos of my grandfather!  I wish there were more but hey, I'll take what I can get.  At least now if I run across some unknown photos I'll have something to go by to try to identify him.

And here he is!

Earle Laurence Martin
Geraldine Martin (my mother)
Earle and Gerry Martin

Clara Fitzgerald Martin
Earle Martin
Geraldine Martin
Frances Maria Brooks Martin
circa 1931

While I'm not sure that the older lady is Frances Brooks Martin, my mother believes that it is.  Which means I got a two-fer as Frances was my great grandmother!

I just love when you find something when you least expect it.  And boy am I happy that I finally have an idea of what my grandfather looked like!

Now back to the scrapbook.......


  1. Debi,

    Congratulations on getting these photos. I bet you were jumping up and down. Looking forward to reading more your grandmother's scrapbook.

    Regards, Terri

  2. Oh that is just wonderful. You certainly were doing the genealogy happy dance! :)