Photograph Identity Question – The Answer

A little over a week ago I posed the question of whether these two young women were the same person. Thank you to all who voted or commented.

Face Pair 1

Face Pair 1

51 votes have been lodged, of which 39 (76%) voted no, and 12 (24%) voted yes. I held off publishing comments for a few days, but people could have seen comments on twitter, facebook, and google+ where I promoted the post.

I also posted the same poll on the Genealogy group on Facebook, resulting in 9 (45%) voted no, 6 (30%) voted yes and 5 (25%) voted maybe. Although the question originally only had yes/no options, someone added maybe early in the vote. Voters could see comments by others.

These results do not agree with an offline study I did a while ago with 35 people who had no opportunity to compare notes and a limited time to answer. 11 (31%) voted no, and 24 (69%) voted yes.

Comments suggest people spent some time looking closely at ears, noses, eyes, hair and lips. Several people commented that it is tricky and suggested the pair may be sisters or twins.

Presenting the poll via social media brought in more respondents, but it is hard to know how much they influenced one another. The combined number of respondents is 106, which may not be enough to yield a statistically valid result.

So, are the two young women the same person?

No. They appear in the same photograph.

Silvy portrait of B and A Lambert

Silvy, Camille (photographer). 13 July 1862. Portrait of B & A Lambert taken at 38 Porchester Terrace, Bayswater W. Personal collection of Sue Adams. Identified by Mark Haworth-Booth as no 10568 in Silvy’s Daybook Volume 8, National Portrait Gallery.

Are they related? The photographer’s record names them as B & A Lambert, so I would say yes. More research is needed to establish the exact nature of the relationship.


© Sue Adams 2014

Photograph Identity Question

Face Pair 1

Face Pair 1


© Sue Adams

Telling Stories with Maps – Where was Thomas Paine Born?

Today, the 4th of July, Americans celebrate Independence Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.  To mark the day and join friends across the Atlantic in thier celebration, I present a story about Thomas Paine, the author of the influential political pamphlet, Common Sense, that stirred up the cause.

Click on the image to start the interactive map in a new tab.

Ready to place bets on the spot where Thomas Paine was born?  How close is the Thomas Paine Hotel?

Presentation of tangled ideas and webs of information is one of the challenges of genealogy.  A clear story is more likely to be understood and remembered by future generations.  The map above uses a sequence of images to organise bits of information into a sort of timeline.  Compare the same information presented without the ordering, using the ubiquitous Google maps.

Sumarising complex or large quantities of information involves compromise.  You just can’t put all the detail in and still have a clear story.  The maps above omit parts of the research that would benefit from visual presentation.  The parish boundaries of the 3 Thetford parishes wiggle through the town.  The northern end of White Hart Street lies in St Cuthbert’s and the rest of the street lies in St Peter’s.  The parish boundaries are marked on the Tithe maps, which can be viewed at the Norfolk Map Explorer, which date from around the 1840s.  This presentation overlays maps and aerial photographs.  Go and play with the layers and transparency sliders. Notice the changes in street layout.

An example of a fun presentation of map layers from different times is this map of 1836 New York. Can you spot a genealogical landmark (hint Castle Garden)?

New York 1836

Click on the image to start the interactive map in a new tab.

© Sue Adams 2014


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