This happens to be one of my most favorite photos of myself. It was taken circa early 1964 in Germany. Some other genealogists and I were playing around on Facebook yesterday with old photos and a question popped into my head.
Which picture do you display in your genealogy database program when you have several of a person? Let use my grandfather Houston Simmons as an example. I have quite a few pictures of him from when he was a young man all the way up to right before he died. I can put all of the these photos in Legacy but on things like pedigree charts only the preferred photo will print. How do you decide which photo to use? If you only have one photo then this of course isn’t a problem.
This is similar to the “argument” about which photo should be used in a newspaper obituary. Should the family post an photo showing their loved one in their prime or a current photo showing them how they actually looked? The people that know the deceased would of course be more apt to recognize the current photo but wouldn’t they be curious to know what the person looked like when they were younger?
Yet another genealogical conundrum.
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