Photo Forensics in Family History

Photo Forensics in Family History

I have been spending a lot of time in the world of Albert Smith for an upcoming video we hope to release. That, of course, comes with an always challenging effort to find images to help tell his story. The best and perhaps most beloved photo of Albert is this one, showing him late in life with one of his wives: This photo has been mired in controversy for decades. That is most definitely Albert Smith, seated in the chair wearing the checkered suit. But the question comes from the woman pictured — is it Rhoda Gifford Smith or SophieClick to continue…

The War Letters of Carl P. Begich

The War Letters of Carl P. Begich

We are excited to announce the addition of the Carl P. Begich Collection to the photo section of WFH. Included in this collection is a small batch of Begich family images. Also included in this collection are the war time letters of Carl P. Begich written from September 1943 to May 1945, the month that he died. It is a huge collection and a project that has taken hundreds of hours of work. These letters were scanned, optimized and organized by Matt Westover, a great grandson, who continues to work of transcription. The letters are an important record. They provideClick to continue…

Arnold and Mary Ann Westover Photos Added

Arnold and Mary Ann Westover Photos Added

We’re excited to announce the addition of the Sam Westover Collection to our photo archives. Sam is Arnold‘s grandson (Gordon is his father). This is the bulk of photos taken by Arnold and Mary Ann Westover during their lives. Mary Ann was an avid family historian who did a LOT of work. In fact, much of the history we have on the Westover and Smith lines comes from her or is confirmed through her archives. These images are well organized, mostly identified, and well cared for. It is an exciting collection to have. Almost all images have been uploaded althoughClick to continue…