Lucky me, I have German ancestors on both my maternal and paternal lines! I am currently researching the names SICK and SELL in Schleswig-Holstein, SCHNEIDER in Hessen and KUNDERS (Conard) in North Rhineland - Westphalia. I enjoy doing German research and trying to remember some of the high school German language that I took oh so long ago.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Camera Shy

I absolutely hate to have my picture taken!  I'm the first one to volunteer to take the photo so I don't have to be in it.  They never seem to turn out well, and it's not just me.  It's a rare photo of me that has the family saying, "What a nice picture."   I have decided to re-consider, however, in light of the photographs I have of my ancestors.  I am so thankful that they took the time to have photos taken.  Granted, they don't always look too happy, but this was probably due to the amount of time they had to stay still.


I've decided that in this picture my great grandmother Emma Bertha Anna Sell and her brother, Otto Heinrich Sell are just plain fed up with the whole thing.  They look like two very unhappy kids!
Emma Bertha Anna is my great grandmother.  Otto Heinrich is my great grand uncle.
Bertha Friedericke Jacobine Sick Sell is my great, great grandmother
Christine Magdalena Johanna Steen Sick is my great, great, great grandmother
Otto Heinrich Friedrich Sick is my great, great, great grandfather.

Here is another photo of Christine Magdalena Johanna Steen Sick with Otto Heinrich Friedrich Sick.  My goodness, the woman had big hands!  
So it is time to get over being camera shy.  I vow to have more pictures taken with me in them (I'll just put little disclaimers like, "I don't really look like this" all over them.  That would certainly be helpful for the descendants!)


  1. Goodness, she does have man hands. Poor little lamb!

  2. Good for you reconsidering. My daughter went through the same feelings. She realized that her grandchildren would think her children only had a father. Now I am blessed with wonderful pictures of her and the whole family. I have also, based on my own feelings decided your perception of your appearance changes over time.
    Wonderful that you have these pictures of your family. Thanks for sharing.