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

Catchup: WDYTYA Live 2014 London, FHWC and OPS

It has been a busy month.  Read on for translation of the alphabet soup title of this post.

I started February with the intention of publishing a manorial term each day, building a glossary, as my contribution to the Family HistoryWriting Challenge (FHWC).  You may have noticed a lack of posts after the first few days.  I will post at least 28 terms, but at a slower rate.  Life and other genealogical activities intervened, in particular Who do you think you are? Live in London from 20 – 22 February.

Badges worn at WDYTYA Live 2014I helped out on the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) stand and gave advice as of one of the Society of Genealogist’s ‘Ask the Expert’.  It was truly gratifying to read a will for one lady and explain all the manorial land terms it contained.  She had the faded photocopy of the will for several years, and had managed to read parts of it but did not understand the ‘gobbledy-gook’ legalese.  That reminded me of how much my paleaographic skills and legal knowledge have progressed in the last 5 or 6 years.

During the show I joined the Society for One-Place Studies.  Spot the badge!  I have plans to explore the records of a manor in detail, which should help untangle some of my ancestral relationships.  The place name features in the tag cloud.  That’s all  I am going to reveal right now as my first not-so-simple challenge will be to determine the boundaries of the manor.

© Sue Adams 2014


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