Gen*ephemera

Any paper item (ephemera) from the past which contains a record of names, or a name, which may be used for the purpose of genealogy research. The most helpful of these items contain a reference to a location in which the identified person, or persons, once resided or visited. Examples of genephemera are: letters/postcards, legal documents, photographs bearing identification, church bulletins, ect.


Paper From The Past

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Recent Find!

Antoni Niedzwiecki

This handsome violinist was spotted by me in a north Georgia antique mall.  I snapped a few quick pics of him as I rushed to keep up with my sister, ...

Maude M McCrary

This simple funeral card caught my attention at a north Georgia antique mall. It was tucked away in a glass cabinet but the shop owner was sweet and opened ...

Clyda B Miller

This great photo was spotted sitting on an antique dresser for sale at the Midwest Custom Furniture shop in English, Indiana. His name is Clyda B. Miller, a ...

Philipo Faso

No location info could be found on this antique portrait, just the name “Philipo Faso” and date 1925. An online search turned up no one with thi ...

Lucius Killebrew Mugshot

Cleveland Ohio Police Department Criminal by SherwoodsTreasures. The owner of the Etsy shop that has this listed for sale has really hit my heart. I love un ...

J. M. Bogan of Memphis, TN

Tintype Photograph Of Southern Man Named by IllusionPhotography. The seller of this photograph posted in their description that J.M Bogan may have ties to t ...

Cabinet Photo of CR Barnes July 1887

Cabinet Photo of CR Barnes July 1887 Name and by VivaVintage4U.   With side swept hair and a bowtie adorned neck, Mr. C.R. Barnes stares past us in thi ...

Beautiful Viola Shafer

All the Single ladies named Viola Shafer Vintage by LaFeria. Photographed by Shively in Decatur, Illinois Ms. Viola Shafer was a beauty. It would be difficu ...

Brother John Welt

Vintage First Communion Photo of a Teen Boy Named by plaidpearls. It’s sad to know that this photograph was taken of John when he and his family still ...

Nurse Bertha Meeker

Old Antique Cabinet Photo Picture Cleveland Ohio NURSE Woman NAMED Bertha Meeker This beauty is for sale on Ebay. Written across the back is her name Bertha ...

Bulleid Family Photos Found on eBay

Bulleid Family All Named 7x Antique Photographs and CDVs c1870 1924 | eBay. Sheesh, I wish a better scan had been used but, as my dad always told me, beggar ...

Charles Samuel Vandross 1942 Mugshot

1942 Allegheney County Pa Police Criminal by SherwoodsTreasures. Born May 1912 in South Carolina and later finding his way to Allegheny, Pennsylvania, where ...

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We love reunions!
Every item we share here has been seperated from it's family. We save them from a life of dust in antique store bins and estate sale rubbish piles.

If you are reunited with a piece of your past here, please share your story!
It's always wonderful to hear about your success. It lets us know our work matters and encourages us to continue! -Jessica


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Prof. Ahnentafel Designs!

When they say you can find just about anything on the internet, it’s true! In the course of researching for my ...