Sunday, February 8, 2015


I just love photos of generations in my family – what a gift to have these so many years later.  I remember hating it when Dad would pose us for a photo but boy am I happy now that he did!  Here’s some fun photos that I came across in Dad’s slides, I just wish these were in better shape.

Here we are with our Grandmas.

My beautiful picture
Clara Fitzgerald Hunter (holding Doug Levy), Carolyn Levy,
Debi Levy, Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy
c. 1962

And with our Grandpas.

My beautiful picture
Sigmund Levy (holding Doug), Carolyn Levy,
Debi Levy, Shelton Hunter
c. 1962

Not many people are fortunate enough to have photos with a great grandparent – here we are with two of them!

My beautiful picture
Edward Fitzgerald, Debi Levy, Doug Levy,
Carolyn Levy, Mabel McAboy Fitzgerald
c. 1962

Not too many generations but this one cracks me up!  I’ve talked before about how small my paternal grandfather, Sig Levy, was but this is quite a visual.  My mom was only about 5’5” and for the record, she is not standing on a step.  Grandma and Grandpa sure loved going to Las Vegas!

My beautiful picture
Gordon Levy, Geraldine Martin Levy, Sig Levy, Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy

The most special photos in any collection are those with four generations or if you’re really lucky, five generations.  Unfortunately, I’m not that lucky but I do have a few of four generations that I treasure.  I haven't run across one yet with both daughters but I'm on the lookout!

My beautiful picture
Clara Fitzgerald Martin Hunter, Debi Levy Austen (holding Erinn), Geraldine
Martin Levy, Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy, Natalie Trabue Gunzendorfer (Loraine’s sister-in-law)

My beautiful picture
Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy, Geraldine Martin Levy (holding Erinn),
Debi Levy Austen

My beautiful picture
Back:  Clara Fitzgerald Martin Hunter, Geraldine Martin Levy,
Mabel McAboy Fitzgerald
Front:  Carolyn Levy, Debi Levy
c. 1960

I even have some from farther back in time.  I’m not sure who all of these people are but I can identify the generations.  Since my mother and her father were never close following my grandparents’ divorce, I have very few photos of him so this is pretty special.

Francis Brooks_Earle_Clara_Geraldine close up
Second from left – Earle Martin (my grandfather)
Second from right – Clara Fitzgerald Martin (my grandmother)
Seated – Francis Brooks Martin (Earle’s mother)
Girl on right – Geraldine Martin (my mother)
c. 1929

And another one of this group from a different day.  Wait – since my mother is holding a baby doll could this be considered four generations?

Clara_Earle_Gerry_Francis Brooks cropped
Clara Fitzgerald Martin, Francis Brooks Martin, Geraldine Martin, Earle Martin
c. 1931

The Gunzendorfer and Levy families also took photos.

Abraham Gunzendorfer, Bertha Schwartz Gunzendorfer (my great grandparents)
Gordon Levy (front), Sig Levy, Robert Levy (Dad’s brother)
c. 1935

And this photo, without a doubt, is my very favorite photo.  So happy we were able to rescue it from the storage unit.

4 Generations cropped
Rebecca Steen Schwartz (my 2x great grandmother), Bertha Schwartz Gunzendorfer (my great grandmother) holding Mildred Loraine Gunzendorfer (my maternal grandmother), 
and Hannah Plotzky Steen (my 3x great grandmother)

I could just look at these photos forever!


  1. These are treasures - it's great you have so many group photos. I have a lot of photos, but not so many with multiple generations. It's great that you're sharing these online.

  2. My oldest ancestor in a photo is a 2X great-grandfather. To find a 3X would be like a miracle. This was such a fun post, Debi. I managed to get some 4-gen photos when my daughter was a baby, but I don't think there are any photos of me as the youngest of the 4 gens.

  3. Hello. Lillie Gay McAboy Langworthy was my wife's (Terese Sojat Triesch) G-G grandmother. Her G- grandmother was Opal Hulda Cline Monck and Her grandmother was Laverne Florence Monck O'Leary. Except for one image on Wikitree (see link below) she had never seen a photo of her. Great blog btw!
    Bart Triesch
    Camano Island WA