Summer Coming to a Close at Little Sebago Lake

Time seems to be flying by so quickly and summer 2019 is winding down, so it’s time for me to share one last round of vintage fun times on Little Sebago Lake with my family in the 1950s and 1960s.

Grandfather and Grandmother with Kids

Boathouse Under the Cottage

Grandfather stored his putt-putt in the boathouse for the winter. You can see the steps on the right, which is how we got down to the lakeside unless I wanted to slide down the hill on the other side of the cottage!

Me, c1959

Photographing me sitting on those stairs was an obligatory summer picture for Aunt Barbara.

Me, on My Favorite Swing

Putting on Tanning Lotion!

Me on Grandfather’s First Dock, c1954

Grandmother, Aunt Barbara & Me, c1957

One of the Wetherbees’ cabins is in the left corner. Grandfather’s car is on the right. I’m all dressed up in an outfit that I’m sure Aunt Barbara bought for. She took me shopping for a new dress every summer. It looks like my doll had a pretty dress on, too!

Mom. in Front of the Guest Cabin, Where We Slept

I think that’s probably our blue Ford sedan on the left. It’s the first car I remember us owning.

Aunt Barbara, Subject Instead of Photographer

Dad and Mom, Making Sure I Was in the Life Vest

I think part of the motivation for learning to swim was to get out of wearing that orange life vest. It was okay when it was dry, but after it got wet, it was cold and weighed a ton!

Little Brother in Grandfather’s Boat, c1961

Playing in the Tiny Sandy Area, c1958

One last view of the lake:

Approaching the Cottage from the Boat

Until next year, I hope everyone who is lucky enough to camp on Little Sebago Lake savors their memories until new ones can be made.


Friday’s Family History Finds

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

How the Nazis Treated Children of Mixed Marriages, Part I: Emil Seligmann AND Part II: Christine Seligmann, both by Amy Cohen on Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Part V: A Horrific Crime in the Fortress City of Luxembourg by Cathy Meder-Dempsey on Opening Doors in Brick Walls

Buchenwald Records – Some with Photos by Lara Diamond on Lara’s Jewnealogy

Entrepreneurial Dad and His Travel Agency by Marian B. Wood on Climbing My Family Tree

Katie, Who Was Forgotten by J.L. Starkey on Baugh, Bass and Beyond

A Crown Jewel for Rachel Rice (c1707-after 1767) – 52 Ancestors #252 by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Research Resources

Find Ancestors in New York Almshouse Records 1819-1840 by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Revisiting Tax Lists by Marcia Crawford Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy

Mapping 1890 German Ancestry by Nancy Loe on Sassy Jane Genealogy

British Accents and Dialects by John D. Reid on Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections

Tech News

DNA Gedcom – A 3rd Party Tool That Can Help Shorten Your Search by Robin Wirthlin on Family Locket

Genetic Genealogy

Chromosome Mapping – Visualizing Your DNA and Identify the Ancestors Who Passed It on to You by Robin Wirthlin on Family Locket

DNA Dumbness – What Not to Do When You Take a Test! by Lori on Genealogy at Heart

Native American & Minority Ancestors Identified Using DNAPainter Plus Ethnicity Segments by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy


How to Find Your Connection to a Distant Relative by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

Can’t Find the “Will” to Go On? Try This! by Amie Bowser Tennant on The Genealogy Reporter

Hijacked – Same Name Issues by Marcia Crawford Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy

Falling Off the (Genealogy) Wagon, Climbing Back On by Nancy on My Ancestors and Me

Education Is for Everyone

Step Out of Your Genealogy Comfort Zone by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

Answer: What’s Your Favorite Geo-mapping/Geo-information Tool?  (Part 2/2) by Dan Russell on SearchReSearch

King Versus King and Queen: Virginians Who Get Moved to California by Michael John Neill on Rootdig

Dear Randy: Where Can I Find a Full-Featured, Free, Updatable Online Family Tree? by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

Keeping Up with the Times

Sign? Or Symptom? This Week’s “Wedding” Announcement by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry

If you aren’t reading Nathan’s genealogical mysteries, then you are really missing out on some fun stories:
How They Do It: Nathan Dylan Goodwin by Janine Adams on Organize Your Family History

Mystery Baby: Stufflebean Family

Stufflebean Grandchild, c1910-1920

This cute little baby is likely a grandchild of John Henry Stufflebean (1863-1938), who settled in Norman, Oklahoma.

However, which child is this?

The photo below is of my father-in-law, Edward Earl Stufflebean, who was born in 1917. I think the mystery photo is from roughly the same era, but these are two different children, so the top picture isn’t Ed.

Given that babies were dressed alike, whether boys or girls, means I don’t even know if this is a grandson or granddaughter.

Edward Earl Stufflebean, c1918

There are lots of Stufflebean cousins out there and a few have found my blog. Any thoughts on which child this is? Please leave a comment.