Ellis Album, Photo 54 – Louise Delina Cheney

CHENEY, Louise Delina, portrait

Louise Delina Cheney, 1930

As I was editing this photo, my little one walked by and said, “Oh, those look like Harry Potter’s glasses.”  😉  He got that right!

Delina is my 2nd great-grandaunt.  She was born in Utah and lived most of her adult life in Laketown, Utah.  Laketown is a very small town next to Bear Lake.  It is a beautiful place.  I’ve never been there in the winter, but it’s a great place to go in the summer.

This photo was sent as a postcard.  My great-grandmother cut it down, this is the portion that remains:

CHENEY, Louise Delina, portrait, 1930, back

It is dated Dec 25 – 1930.  The message appears to read, in part:

“[Be]st wishes for —- [Ch]ristmas and —- New Year —- [a]nd children”

Where the signature should be, you can see the top of the D, l, and the dot of the i.  I’m guessing that she signed it “Aunt Delina”.  The postcard is addressed to Mr & Mrs C. A. Ellis in North Ogden.  The creator of the album this photo was part of, was Blanche Octavia Huband who married Claude Albert Ellis.

The sideways notation of the year and age appear to have been added later by Blanche.

I love looking at old notes and letters.  I love to see the handwriting of a relative who has long since passed away.




This photo comes from the twenty-seventh page of the album.  Here are pages twenty-six and twenty-seven to give context for this photo:


This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.




Photograph Showcase: Precious Lola


Heber Albert Huband, Hattie Margaret Cheney, & daughter, Lola Cheney, 1893

Lola Huband is the oldest daughter of Heber & Hattie Huband.  She was born 21 August 1890 in Laketown, Utah.  She died just shy of a month before her fourth birthday on 27 July 1894.  Her younger, and at the time only, sister Nina passed just a week later at the age of fifteen months.

On Monday, I shared this lovely tribute my Grandmother created to honor the lives of Heber & Hattie’s babies:

HUBAND children hair - smaller

When I first received this treasure, a year or so after my own Grandmother passed, I made the assumption that there must not be photos for Lola, Nina, Montice, and Edwin.  Assumption might be the wrong word, maybe it was more of a passing thought.  Either way, I am so delighted to have been wrong!  In the last few weeks, I have happily discovered photos of first Edwin, then Montice, and now Lola.

This photo was actually shared on FamilySearch by my Grandma’s cousin.  He graciously gave me permission to share it here.  I was so happy to see it and realize that I was looking at sweet Lola!

Imagine my further surprise when I realized I had seen this photo before.  I actually used it in a game I created for my family a few years ago.  I knew that Heber & Hattie were the parents in the photo, but I guess I was in such a rush at the time, that I hadn’t paid attention to the child.  But on Tuesday, my little one got the game out and as he spilled the cards, what should I see but this photo of Lola and her parents.

Over the last few weeks, the Hubands have been on my mind.  When I saw this photo on Monday, I finally saw it for what it is – one of the very few traces left of the darling little Lola.

Photos are powerful.  They have the ability to connect us to loved ones who were gone long before we were born in a way that words alone, simply can’t.  Every single photo is a blessing.

And now, I am greedily hoping for one more photo.  This time, of Nina.  She was so very young when she died, I wonder if one exists?

If so, I hope it makes its way to me.  ❤



Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic genealogy discovery today!  xoxo




Ellis Album, Photo 53 – Colleen Ellsworth


Colleen Ellsworth

Colleen is my 1st cousin twice removed.  Her mother is Gene Ann Huband.  Gene is the sister of the album’s creator, Blanche – my great-grandmother.  This same photo can be seen on FamilySearch.  There is a note attached to that copy stating that this is Colleen’s mission picture.

Surprisingly, I believe this is the first photo from this album that was already on FamilySearch.  There may have been one other, but if I remember correctly, my copy was so remarkably better that I went ahead and uploaded it.

Colleen was certainly beautiful.  As I look at the photo, the word that keeps coming to mind is glamorous.  Not usually the word we associate with missionaries.  😉




A week or so after writing this post, I came across the missionary farewell program for Colleen in my Grandmother’s collection.  Inside of the program was a lovely photo of the grandchildren of Heber & Hattie Huband:

HUBAND, Heber & Hattie grandchildren, December 1959

The back of this photo reads:  “Heber Huband Grandchildren Dec. 1959”.  The woman standing at the far left is Beth Louise Ellis, my grandaunt, the woman standing third from left is my Grandmother, Mary Margaret Ellis, the man to her right is her brother Dale Huband Ellis, and the woman sitting closest to the piano is their youngest sister, Claudia.  Based on the date of the photo and the date of the farewell, I would imagine that this photo was taken upon Colleen’s return.

I had to smile when I saw that my Grandmother and her youngest sister Claudia provided the prelude and postlude music for Colleen’s farewell.  Claudia is a fantastic organist.  She is known for being able to play the organ while carrying on a conversation with someone without looking at the music or the organ.  The first time I saw her do that I was so shocked!  But now, 20+ years later, I regularly do the exact same thing and even sing the alto part while I play the hymns on the organ.  I often think of Aunt Claudia as I play.  ❤


This photo comes from the twenty-seventh page of the album.  Here are pages twenty-six and twenty-seven to give context for this photo:


This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.



Treasures: A Tribute to the Children of Heber & Hattie Huband

HUBAND children hair - smaller

Years ago, I recall a visit to my grandparent’s home when my Grandma showed me this display she had created.  I remember it was really important to her.  I think I was in college at the time.  Even back then, I loved genealogy.  But I don’t think that love had yet extended far enough to appreciate framed hair.  Because, well, it’s framed hair.  And unless you understand the significance of the framed hair, it’s just framed hair.  But what I wouldn’t give today to go back to that moment and ask my Grandma a few questions.

Like, what is the significance of the yellow satin?  (My Grandma was all about significance so I’m guessing there was some.)  It looks like Hattie must have written the note about Nina, am I right?  The notes about Lola and Montice seem to have been written twice – did Hattie write in pencil and you tried to trace over her writing with pen?  Or possibly Hattie wrote in pen but the ink had faded so you traced over it to darken it, am I on the right track?  When was the bit of your Mother’s hair cut?  Was she a child?  How long had you been planning to create this display before you finally put it together?  What inspired you?  How did these lovely bits of hair make their way to you?

And on, and on I could go.

Why didn’t I understand back then, that I would have so many questions about this wall hanging one day?

I don’t think I even knew back then that it represented my Grandmother’s Grandmother’s loss.  Grandma Hattie buried four of her precious babies at such young ages.  Lola was only three, Nina was just a few months past one, Montice was just two, and Edwin was just a young boy of six.

In that moment, standing in my Grandma’s bedroom next to her as she showed me her treasure, why didn’t I understand?  Why didn’t I soak in some of her memories?  Memories of Hattie.  Possibly memories of Hattie talking about her precious babies that she lost too soon.

Why didn’t I know that moment mattered?

I wish I had an answer.  I wish I had answers.

Instead, I am left to infer, and comment about, and preserve, and hope that by writing about this treasure here, one day, my own granddaughter or grandson will understand why Grandma has a picture frame with bits of hair tied in bits of ribbon with scraps of paper recording the short, but oh-so-precious lives of Hattie & Heber’s children.

I hope.

Grandma, I’m sorry that I didn’t listen better.  I’m sorry I didn’t understand the framed hair.  But I’m so thankful that you shared anyway.

And that you shared again, and again, and again.

I’m so thankful to be the current steward of so many family treasures that you lovingly preserved.  Man, I wish blogging had been a thing when you were still alive.  You would have been an amazing genealogy blogger.  I would have answers to so many questions!

So I’m just going to keep on keepin’ on.  I’m going to digitize and write and share so that as much of our family’s history is preserved as I can get to.  Thank you, for being such an inspiration to me about the ways we can honor and remember our ancestors.  I hope I am making you proud.  I love you!  Save a spot for me up there right next to you.  ❤




Happy Monday, I hope it’s a week filled-to-the-brim with genealogy goodness and happy memories of loved ones!  xoxo




Photograph Showcase: Blanche & Montice, Sisters

HUBAND, Blanche & Montice, about 1899

Blanche Octavia Huband & Montice Cheney Huband, about 1900

Blanche Octavia Huband is my great-grandmother.  Montice Cheney Huband is her younger sister.  Blanche was born 21 May 1895 and Montice was born 7 December 1897.  They are the daughters of Hattie Margaret Cheney & Heber Albert Huband.

While this photo is undated, it was likely taken in about 1900.  Blanche is so clear in this photo, while Montice is slightly blurred.  I imagine it was hard for such a young girl to hold still enough to be in perfect focus.

Hattie & Heber were the parents of eight children:

  • Lola Huband, born 21 August 1890
  • Nina Huband, born 27 April 1893
  • Blanche Octavia Huband, born 21 May 1895
  • Montice Cheney Huband, born 7 December 1897
  • Edwin Perry Huband, born 29 October 1900
  • Lane Augustus Huband, born 16 December 1903
  • Gene Ann Huband, born 30 November 1908
  • Grant Cheney Huband, born 18 May 1911

At the time this lovely photo of Blanche & Montice was taken, they were the only living children.  Sadly four of Hattie & Heber’s children would die as young children:

  • Lola, died 27 July 1894
  • Nina, died 2 August 1894
  • Montice, died 6 November 1900
  • Edwin, died 11 March 1907

I have not seen a photo of Lola or Nina.  I don’t know if one exists.

As much as I love the photo of Blanche & Montice, I feel terribly, terribly sad when I look at it.  How must it have been for Hattie & Heber to bury four of their precious children at such young ages?  However, I’m glad this photo exists.  It is the only known photo of Montice.

HUBAND, Blanche & Montice, about 1899, back

This is the back of the photo.  I do not recognize the handwriting in blue ink at the top.  Could it be Hattie’s?  It doesn’t appear to be Blanche’s handwriting.  The notes in black ink were written by my Grandma, Mary Margaret Ellis, Blanche’s daughter.




Happy Thursday, do you happen to have a precious “only” photo of one of your relatives?  Have you scanned and shared it?  If not, I hope you will today!  xoxo




Ellis Album, Photo 52 – Florence Storey

STOREY, Florence

Florence Storey

Isn’t this portrait lovely?  I feel like I say that a lot.  But man, this album is just filled to the brim with lovely portraits in excellent condition.

This beautiful woman is Florence.  She is my 1st cousin twice removed.  Until I scanned her photo, I had never heard of her.  But it turns out I have two connections to her.

The creator of this album is my great-grandmother Blanche Octavia Huband.  My great-grandfather, and husband of Blanche, is Claude Albert Ellis.  Florence is the daughter of Claude’s older sister Alice Eliza Ellis.  Florence married Joseph Cheney Willis.  Joseph is my 1st cousin three times removed.  He is the first cousin of Blanche.  His mother is Louise Delina Cheney, sister of Hattie Margaret Cheney.  Hattie is Blanche’s mother.  Phew!  Did you follow that okay?



This photo comes from the twenty-seventh page of the album.  Here are pages twenty-six and twenty-seven to give context for this photo:


This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.




RootsTech 2019 Ambassador Right Here!


Earlier this year I was invited to serve as a RootsTech Ambassador for the 2019 RootsTech conference.  Hooray!  I’m so looking forward to this cool experience.

Among other things, I will have the opportunity to host a giveaway, right here on my blog, for a free RootsTech pass.  I love that!  One of my readers will get to experience the joys of RootsTech.

For those of you who have never attended, I invite you to check out the recorded sessions from RootsTech 2018 and see what you think.  Maybe RootsTech is for you!  There is seriously something for everyone there.



Happy Monday, I hope it’s a week filled with genealogy celebration for each of you!  xoxo