Thursday, December 27, 2012


While browsing through a basket of items I brought home after my mother passed away several years ago, I found the following faceless baby she had painted in her later years. She most likely planned to put a face on the child, but she grew ill and could no longer paint.

Artwork by
Jane Williams Cutler Taylor

It occurred to me that we, as genealogists and family historians, are face painters.  There are countless unknown faces out there waiting to be discovered, brought back to life, and put on our trees.  We find joy in finding a new ancestor and learning the details of their lives. If we are lucky enough to find a picture, we’re in Heaven.

My New Year’s wish for all of you out there is that you find many ancestors next year, paint their faces splendidly and place them proudly on your family trees!

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