About 25 years ago my brother and I were cleaning out our parents house in NJ when I discovered several items that perked my interest. There was a portrait painting, a few framed photos, and a really old photo album wrapped in a rag because it was falling apart. However, there were no names on any of this. My father only knew that they were my mother's family, from my grandmother's house. So I saved everything to my attic, not knowing at the time how to research the items.
Then about 6 years ago a breakthrough, a nephew discovered a marriage certificate hidden between two of the photos. It was for the marriage of Mary Crosier to Elmer Reside in 1893. And about two & a half years ago I became aware that census info was available on ancestry.com. So I started researching the Reside & Crosier families.
Once I had the census info I took another look at the photo album. Some of the photos were of family groups that matched families in the census. In addition most of the photos were made by Carman in Andes. The Carman logo at the bottom of each photo varied over the years, allowing me to date most of them. Combining dates and census info allowed me to identify most of the people in the photos.
Next was a trip to Andes to search cemeteries and visit Delaware Historic Society in Delhi. I filed several research requests, learning the connection between the Dickson, Lunn, & Crosier families. Also connected with another Reside descendant that had the Reside family bible with birth, death, & marriage dates.
About 3 months ago I sent a CD with all the photos and a list of the names to the Delaware County Historical Association Society. High resolution photo files reside with them. --Bob Neubert, June 15, 2015