Saturday, August 6, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Pick Your Past Photos for the Present Photo Challenge

Good evening, genea-heirheads (a new genea-word!) -- it's Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

Your mission, if you decide to accept it is to:

1)  Review Denise Levenick's (The Family Curator) three blog posts on the Present Photo Challenge. World Photography Day is coming up Aug 19, and this seemed like a fun thing to do something genealogy-wise.

2)  Identify one or more photographs from your own photograph collection that you could use for the Present Photo Challenge.
3)  Show us the photographs that you could use on your blog, a Facebook status or a Google Plus Stream. 
4)  Please post a link on Denise's blog about your blog post, and/or on this blog post linking to your blog post.
Here's mine:
I identified these two photographs (I probably have plenty more!) that I could use for this Present Photo Challenge:
a)  The house I grew up in at 2115-2119 30th Street in San Diego (this photo was taken in about 1926, just after the house was moved to its present location and remodeled to its present configuration):
b)  The house my grandparents built in 1951 on Point Loma at 825 Harbor View Place in San Diego:
3)  My own wedding photograph (taken in 1970 at Chula Vista Presbyterian Church - we still worship there):
This was harder than I thought it would be.  I have very few pictures of places or houses from before 1950 that I can identify the exact location of, or have easy access to. 
Thank you to Denise Levenick for suggesting this SNGF and for sharing her talents and advice on her blog posts.


  1. This was definitely a challenge but a fun one! Thanks for Saturday nite fun, Randy. Here is my submission:

  2. I've already got Denise's challenge in the diary but haven't had time to look through my photos yet. I suspect you need at least 3 hands to accomplish this...

  3. Way to go Randy! You have done the hardest part (picking out the photos)! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

    Thanks so much for helping promote this Past in the Present Photo Challenge. And I do love the new tag; we are all "heir-heads."

    Yes, Jo, it helps to have three hands. Maybe we should ask for photo shoot notes, as well (lol).


  4. Randy and Family Curator, My attempt at this could be used for an episode of "Bloopers"...but here is my post:

    We had a lot of fun in our feeble attempts to participate!

  5. I would dearly love to participate in this one, but I've moved too often for it to be possible, alas! I look forward to seeing others' results, though. Fun idea, Denise, and way to promote it, Randy!

  6. What a great idea! Hope I can get my act together :)

  7. Breaking, changing, or otherwise re-interpreting the rules as usual, I have put together a version of this challenge using a little techno-cheating. But I have to say, I'm pretty proud of the then/now comparison of my 2nd great grandparents' home that I created from this idea. Thanks Randy and Denise!

  8. I am lucky enough to have quite a few family photos that will work for this project . . . unfortunately, most of them were taken in New England . . . and I live in Texas! . . . however . . . I do have some images of street scenes in my hometown in Texas which I will be attempting to re-photograph using this technique . . . thanks for the challenge, Randy and Denise . . .

  9. The early results are great! I am excited to see all your entries.

  10. Late, as usual, but I did post my take on the past and present photos here: Late, but looking at family houses

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  12. Here is my offering a day late due to thunderstorms driving me offline yesterday. I enjoyed the assignment and used photoshop to layer past and present because I am so far from my past. Looking forward to the Aug. 16 challenge too.

  13. Thank you Randy for jump starting this project with SNGF.

    The gallery of Past is Present photos is now available at .

    Thank you to all who participated at SNGF and in the final photo challenge.