Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fearless Females - March 2: Ancestral Photo

The Fearless Female blog prompt for today is:

March 2 - Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

I couldn't resist showing two of the absolute favorite females in my life (there are now seven of them!). This picture is of my mother, Betty Virginia Carringer, born in 1919, and her mother, my grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer, born in 1899.

This picture was taken in 1930 according to a note on the back of the photograph. Betty was age 11 and Emily age 31. Emily is younger in this picture than my two daughters are now. I look at my daughters and say "Wow, what beautiful and wonderful women they are." And then I think - "No wonder, they are descended from these two women, and from my wife and her family too."

I selected the photograph because it shows the beauty, innocence and hope of my mother and grandmother at this point in their life. At this time, their life was pretty good - they had a home of their own, Betty's father was working as an accountant, three of Betty's four grandparents were living on the same block in San Diego, and they had a fine set of friends and relatives. They did not know what life held for them - about the Great Depression, World War II, marriage, births, deaths, education, occupations, interests, social events, etc.


  1. What a lovely photo, I hope you have it framed. I can related to some degree, as my mother was born the name year as yours. Thanks for sharing this one.

  2. I love the way you write about the women in your life.
    You are so lucky to have a photo like this of these two special women. I've been learning so much from your blog. Those of us who are new to genealogy are blessed to have someone like you to blaze a trail for us.