Pictures Never Lie or Do They: Part Two

In Part One, I told you that I found a picture of Don (her first husband) and Mum, and Mum is holding a baby (aka the mystery baby). Seeing that picture as jarring and led to a sleepless night. It was a start reminder that Mum lived for 42 years before I was born and I really know very little about her life before me.

I couldn’t help but stare at the picture of her and Don and the baby. I started looking at the time line. The scrapbook ended in 1943 and Christopher was born in 1947, so I had a four-year gap. I had no way to move forward, so I decided to work backwards.

I searched online for Christopher’s birth certificate, but had difficulty because I had forgotten he was born in California. I turned to Ancestry.com, where I finally found it. So he was born August 18, 1947. This meant Raymond and my mother had to have been married at some point in 1946. Once again, I couldn’t find a marriage certificate. I searched and searched and ended up finding it on myheritage.com. Mum and Raymond were married on October 11, 1946 in California.

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That still left me with a two and a half-to-three year gap. To divert my attention for a moment, I looked through another box of photos and came across the picture above.

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As you can see, it’s dated by Superior Snaps as November 28, 1947. There is only one problem with this photograph. It’s Mum with her first husband. Talk about throwing a wrench in things.

The more I learn, the more I am confused.

Anne

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