Old Photographs Of African Americans - Unknown Faces (OPOAA)

African American Ancestry, Photographic Research.

Contributor: Camilla Warren

  CAMILLA WARREN-MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR AND OPOAA FOUNDER

 I Starting research on my family tree in early 1999, and one of the things I was most excited about, were all the Old Photographs. Many of the photographs I obtained were from relatives and friends. Some of the people I knew, and most I didn't.

The Story

I obtained a photograph from a cousin I found doing research on a genealogy message board, and it was of our great grandmother. It connected us with another cousin over the internet. We never knew about each other; and they too possessed the same photograph which was of their great grandmother.

What a connection

Since my journey into family history and old photographs, I've discovered that I have many more relatives than I ever thought possible! And even more photographs to Identify.

 With so many photographs and questions, it inspired me to launch the first site Old Photographs of African Americans; (Opoaa),in April of 2002.
After doing research via the internet and not finding any exclusive interactive African American sites of this type, it was updated to Old Photographs of African Americans-Unknown Faces in June of 2002.
 

THE OLD PHOTOGRAPH BELOW INSPIRED OPOAA:

After comparing the two images below, we believe the man sitting in the chair is our great great grandfather, and the other subjects in the photograph are still unknown. The 2nd photograph is of our grandfather.

 

 

We will continue to provide these old photographs for your research, when posted by our visitors. Our contribution to the African American Researcher. 


MEET MY ANCESTORS



ABOUT OPOAA

African American families members who know a great deal about their family genealogy, are true family historians. As a researcher I found that the resources and documentation for african americans were scarce due to the history being thrown away or destroyed. To preserve the history, there is information to collect, people to talk to, documents to order, and several avenues to take.

OPOAA's Avenue:

Is an attempt to share those Unknown Family Photographs with others, as well as submitters photographs, in hopes to identify or reunite the photographs with family members that are featured on OPOAA sites.

Photographs submitted that may have come from an old Photo Album, or have been found in Attic Boxes, under Coffee Tables, or in a Family Trunk. 

~What ever the source~

We all have them, photographs with the faces that no one can recognize.

After the dusting off of the Old Photographs for a showing it usually goes something like this.......
WHO'S THIS?........I DON'T KNOW.

Soooooo, we're all accused of not putting the names and dates on the backs of our photographs, making it impossible to know who the subjects were, and when and where the photographs were taken, for future references.

OPOAA's Goal:

Make aware that sharing and talking about the history of those Old Family Photographs with our children and family members are important, so they may pass them on to their next generations, and family historians to preserve the history.


All Photographs welcomed.
Regardless of Nationality.
Some of our Ancestors may have been
of another race.

POSSIBLE SURNAMES OF PHOTOGRAPHS HERE


 

The old photographs I obtain from family members; Rebecca Henderson and D. Howard, inspired me to launch our FIRST site, Old Photographs of African Americans (Opoaa), in April of 2002, after doing research via the internet and not finding any exclusive African American sites of this type, was updated to Old Photographs of African Americans-Unknown Faces in June of 2002.
We will continue to provide these old photographs for your research, when posted by our visitors. Our contribution to the African American Researcher.

 

Let's All Help with this Quest!

"When the Roots get Deeper,
The Branches get Stronger and,
The Leaves keep Growing"
(Camilla Warren)

"We Must Keep Hold of Our History"-CWarren
"History should be Shared and Taught, not Bought"-CWarren

Contact Us :

opoaa02@yahoo.com

OPOAA : OPOAA will contact the Submitters for anyone interested in any of the Photographs seen on OPOAA

"When the Roots get Deeper,
The Branches get Stronger and,
The Leaves keep Growing"
(Camilla Warren)

 Doing research finds its way from the smallest of things you thought wouldn't be relevant. 

 Little Known Treasures of Genealogy

 Most of These Documents can lead to great findings.

Old Address/Telephone Books of loved ones. (Loads of info here)

Old letters. 

Old Funeral Guest lists. (You can connect missing relatives and friends) 

 Old Wedding Guest lists. (You can connect missing relatives and friends)

 Old Obituaries.(Loads of info here)

 Old Calendars. handwritten messages. (This is almost like a diary)

 Old Greeting Cards. (Read the inside messages)

 Old Books. read inside cover of who the book belonged to and date when purchased.  

 Old Yearbooks.

o over any old document that you haven't viewed in a while, and you can usually find something that you may have over looked, that may be useful to your research now.

 Dig into that old Trunk or Box you have stored in the Attic, and see what you come up with!  




Old Address/Telephone Books of loved ones. (Loads of info here)

Old Funeral Guest lists. (You can connect missing relatives and friends)

Old Wedding Guest lists. (You can connect missing relatives and friends)

Old Obituaries.(Loads of info here)

Old Calenders.handwritten messages. (This is almost like a diary)

Old Greeting Cards. (Read the inside messages)

Old Books. with the inside cover stating of who the book belonged to. (some of us write our name and year in the inside cover when we purchase them)

Old Yearbooks.
 

Since my journey into Genealogy, "I've found that research finds its way from the smallest of things you thought wouldn't be relevant".......CWarren

 

Most of These Documents can lead to great findings



Old Address/Telephone Books of loved ones. (Loads of info here)

Old Funeral Guest lists. (You can connect missing relatives and friends)

Old Wedding Guest lists. (You can connect missing relatives and friends)

Old Obituaries.(Loads of info here)

Old Calenders.handwritten messages. (This is almost like a diary)

Old Greeting Cards. (Read the inside messages)

Old Books. with the inside cover stating of who the book belonged to. (some of us write our name and year in the inside cover when we purchase them)

Old Yearbooks.

Go over any old document that you haven't viewed in a while, and you can usually find something that you may have over looked, that may be useful to your research now.

Sooo....Dig into that old Trunk or Box you have stored in the Attic, and see what you come up with! To be continued..
 

Since my journey into Genealogy, "I've found that research finds its way from the smallest of things you thought wouldn't be relevant".......CWarren

 

Most of These Documents can lead to great findings



Old Address/Telephone Books of loved ones. (Loads of info here)

Old Funeral Guest lists. (You can connect missing relatives and friends)

Old Wedding Guest lists. (You can connect missing relatives and friends)

Old Obituaries.(Loads of info here)

Old Calenders.handwritten messages. (This is almost like a diary)

Old Greeting Cards. (Read the inside messages)

Old Books. with the inside cover stating of who the book belonged to. (some of us write our name and year in the inside cover when we purchase them)

Old Yearbooks.

Go over any old document that you haven't viewed in a while, and you can usually find something that you may have over looked, that may be useful to your research now.

Sooo....Dig into that old Trunk or Box you have stored in the Attic, and see what you come up with! To be continued..

 

These Contributors have submitted 10 or more photographs

 OPOAA Thanks you for your Contribution 
These Contributors have submitted 10 or more photographs

 OPOAA Thanks you for your Contribution
Joi Dickerson Rebecca Henderson
 D. Howard Georgia Harris
 Yvette Hinton Kim
 LeNora Massey M. Mouse
 Melvin Oakes Camilla Warren
 Cynthia White Denise Worsley
 Bill Young G. Nelson
 Mary Walt Billie Dee Williams
 God Fearing Woman Georgia Wilson- Cole
 Nicety365
 Patricia  Simpson German

 Ruth Oliver (D)  2010
N. Jones
 F. Smith
 J. McElrath
 LEOdlh amanyiaworld (D) 2013
 rlbtwin Britt Lyle
Major Contributors

These researchers or supporters have donated or contributed 10 or more photographs to OPOAA.

Opoaa thanks all who visit and contribute to the site, it is greatly appreciated. 

If African American history is not shared it will be forever lost. ~CWarren

ALL MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS ALBUMS CAN BE VIEWED HERE IN THE PHOTO GALLERY

 
Joi Dickerson Rebecca Henderson
 D. Howard Georgia Harris
 Yvette Hinton Kim
 LeNora Massey M. Mouse
 Melvin Oakes Camilla Warren
 Cynthia White Denise Worsley
 Bill Young G. Nelson
 Mary Walt Billie Dee Williams
 God Fearing Woman Georgia Wilson- Cole
 Nicety365
 Patricia  Simpson German

 Ruth Oliver (D)  2010
N. Jones
 F. Smith
 J. McElrath
 LEOdlh amanyiaworld (D) 2013
 rlbtwin Britt Lyle
   
MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS OF OPOAA
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amanyiaworld.us*, Charles Atkinson, Alisha, Kim Logan-Adams*
 BJohn Batson*,
 CGeorgia Wilson Cole, Constance Steele Couch
 DJoi Dickeron, Clyde Davis*,
 E 
 F 
 GGod Fearing Women,  Patricia Simpson German, James Grandison*,
 HGeorgia Harris, Rebecca Henderson, Yvette Hinton, Dena Howard, Edd Henson*
 R 
 JN. Jones,
 KKim
 LLEOdlh, Britt Lyle,
 MLenora Massey, J. McElrath, Rashawn Morine Miller, M. Mouse,
 NG. Nelson, Nicety365
 OMelvin Oates, Ruth Oliver*,
 P Dalton Phillips*,
 Q 
 Rrlbtwin,
 SF. Smith,
 T
J. Tate,
 U 
 V 
 W

Mary Walt, Camilla Warren*, Cynthia White, Billy Dee Williams, Denise Worsley, Phillip Warren, 

 X 
 YBill Young,
 Z 
  
 * Keep OPOAA live.