Wednesday, July 3, 2013

ISGS 2013 Ancestor Photo Contest Winners

The Illinois State Genealogical Society is proud to announce the winners of its recent Ancestor Photo Contest held earlier this year.

Rotating Ancestor Slide Show Added to ISGS Website

There were 13 photos selected from the many images submitted by ISGS members and they are all available for viewing at the ISGS website. We’ve created a “rotating slide show” which will display two images when you click on a sidebar menu item.

In addition, place your mouse pointer over an image to learn more about the person or persons depicted and which ISGS member submitted the photo.

You can also view all of this year's winning photos and those from previous years by clicking Free Databases in the sidebar and selecting Ancestor Photos.

Winners and Photos

CREWS family

My great grandmother, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Crews, and her four daughters; Aileen, Laura (my grandmother), Leanna and Alma. They lived in Carroll,Carrollton, Missouri. Submitted by Laurann Bibbs.

GOULD George and Frank

George S. Gould: born Aug 1883, Chicago, died Dec 1944, Chicago. John Francis Gould: born Jan 1878, Chicago, died Sep 1953, Chicago. A photo of my grandfather, George S. Gould, and his brother, John Francis “Frank” Gould, at work. I do not know the date of the photos, but both men were in Chicago, working for the railroad, in the 1910 Census. Frank was married and had six children by that time. My grandparents did not marry until 1917. My mother was 18 years old when her father died, so photographs and stories are the only connection I have to him and I treasure every detail. Frank and George are next to each other on the left. Submitted by Marsha Hosfeld.

HANSON John Family

John J. Hanson and Family, Chicago, 1899. Left to right, top row: Clara Hanson and Fred Hanson. Middle row: Edward Tatro, Christine Hanson Tatro, and Florence Hanson. Bottom row, seated: John J. Hanson, Lurene Hanson, Gladys Tatro, and Susan Schultz Hanson. This photo was taken at the family's home at 963 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. John Hanson was a Danish immigrant. He and his family lived much of their lives in Chicago and Joliet. John and Susan's son Fred is my great-grandfather, and the photo was passed down to me by his sister, Lurene. Submitted by Jane Gramlich.

KILORAN Katherine Kenny

My great-grandmother, Katherine "Kitty" Kenny (1865-1894), born 1865 in Morgan Co., IL to Irish immigrants Michael Kenny, from Co. Laois, Ireland and his wife Mary Marley Kenny, from Co. Donegal, Ireland, who married in Sangamon County, Illinois in 1854 and had 13 children. Kitty married Patrick Kiloran in 1891 in Jacksonville, Illinois, but sadly died of pneumonia in 1894, leaving a husband and two young sons. Photo taken in Jacksonville, Illinois, probably about 1890. Submitted by Mary Helen McCarthy.

LASCELLE Andrew West (1861)

Shown here is Andrew West Lascelle in 1861 in La Salle County, Illinois as he prepares to march for the Union Army in the American Civil War. Pictured with him is a very worried girl friend, Mary Harriet Miner. Andrew served in Company A of the 15th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was among five in his military unit to be captured in Ackworth, Georgia by Confederate troops and taken to the infamous Andersonville prison in October 1864. Lucky to escape in December 1864, he rejoined Union forces in Florida in January 1865. Andrew and Mary were subsequently married in July 1865 in Walworth County, Wisconsin. They raised a family and by 1900 were forever more residents of Woodstock, Illinois. Submitted by Gordon Struve.


(L-R) Nell Madigan Sullivan (1880-1956), Mae Madigan Cooley (1879-1955) and their mother Bessie Thompson Madigan (1852-1935) at 3511 W. Fillmore, Chicago, Illinois, c1910. Daughters were born in Chicago, Illinois and the mother was born in County Limerick, Ireland. All died in Chicago, Illinois. Submitted by Elaine Beaudoin.

MEYER family

Meyer Family Photo, abt. 1918, Goose Creek Twp, Piatt County, Illinois. Behind motorbike, on left Harm Meyer (1894-1972) and on right, Otto ""Tot"" Meyer (1896-1979), sons of Lewis H. & Dena Meyer. Behind the wheel is Lewis H. Meyer (1868-1948). In the back seat on left, Dena (Lubbers) Meyer and sitting on the running board, Herman G. Meyer (1836-1931), father of Lewis H. Meyer. On far right at front of car, Katie Meyer (later Honselman) (1900-1954), daughter of Lewis H. & Dena Meyer. Others in photo not identified. Submitted by Judith Wallace Degen.

MUIR Thomas and Daughters

Thomas Muir and Daughters, about 1915. Left to right, top row: Dessa Muir Wade, Belle Muir Hanson Stout, Nell Muir Wason. Bottom row: Lizzie Muir Glasgow, Thomas Muir, Maggie Muir Clink. Thomas Muir was a Scottish immigrant who arrived in Will County in 1879 and settled in Wheatland Township. He and his wife Ellen Campbell Muir had twelve children, among them my great-grandmother, Belle. Submitted by Jane Gramlich.

SCHULER Children

Eleanor Schuler (1910-1995) with her brother William Lloyd Schuler (1912-1965) in their yard in Lockport, Will County, Illinois taken September 1913. Submitted by Selma Blackmon.

SMALL Family

Clement George Small and his wife Georgiana (Porteous) Small and their descendants plus Georgiana’s parents, John and Mary Ann Porteous. My grandparents were Bert and Eva Small; my father was Earl Small; my Uncle Edwin Small and Aunt Evalyn Small were also in the photo. Walter Small was my grandmother Eva’s brother and Frances Small was his wife. Front row (on ground, l to r): Edwin Small, Earl Small, Ruth Small, Seeley Small, Melvin Chamberlin, Luther Small, Clement Umbdenstock, Mildred Umbdenstock, Lila Umbdenstock, Loretta Umbdenstock, Grace Umbdenstock, Jay Allanson, Dorthy Sievers, Herbert Sievers, Harold Umbdenstock. Second row (seated, l to r): Eva Small holding Evalyn Small, Lula Small holding LaVerne Small, Cora Chamberlin holding Raymond Chamberlin, Georgiana Small, John Porteous, Mary Ann Porteous, Mae Umbdenstock, Grace Allanson, Bessie Sievers holding Georgiana Sievers, Frances Small. Third row (standing, l to r): Bert Small, George Small, Herbert Chamberlin, Clement Small, Mable Small, Myrtle Umbdenstock, Edward Umbdennstock, Park Allanson, Peter Sievers, and Walter Small. Submitted by Sharon Mitchell.

VOIGT family

Voigt Family, Maywood, Cook County, Illinois, abt. 1920. Back Row: Paula Voigt Colberg (1901-1974), Walter Voigt (1899-1954), Herman Voigt (1876-1940), Emma Voigt Colberg (1906-1974). Front Row: Frieda Voigt Frillman (1910-1988), Alma Voigt Rittmueller (1915-2008), Bertha Backhaus Voigt (1875-1957), and Martha Voigt Leininger (1913-2012). Submitted by Leslie Rankin.


Erin Leroy Waterman (1893-1962 ) is shown in his WWI uniform abt. 1918. He was a longtime resident of Elgin, Illinois and served as Sergeant, Company E, in the 129th Illinois Infantry from 5 Jun 1915 to 6 Jun 1919. Submitted by Gordon Struve.

WHORTON Mattie Keener

Mattie Keener Whorton, my paternal great-great-grandmother, taken in the 1930. She was born abt. 1865 in Alabama, died July 17, 1942, in Etowah County, Alabama. Submitted by Tina Griffin Austin.

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