If you, like me, are looking for pictures of ancestors, I encourage you to cast a wide net, think outside the box, etc. and consider medical history web sites. Without meaning to sound gruesome, you can sometimes find a photo of someone whose case was interesting enough to medical professionals of the 1800s to warrant a photo. Some of these wound up in textbooks or archives and there are sites now that have such images. For example, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library of Yale University has a collection of men wounded in the Civil War and amongst them was Sgt. Samuel C. Wright of Plympton, a Cooke & Soule descendant. The National Library of Medicine has a Digital Collections section with portraits, including one of Allerton, Soule, Cooke, Hopkins, Warren descendant Laura Bridgman of Vermont. She was a blind-deaf student taught to read and sign at Boston's Perkins Institution for the Blind decades before the birth of Helen Keller. She befriended Annie Sullivan, who would go on to be Keller's teacher. Medical schools existed as early as the mid-late 1800s in Alabama, California, Colorado, Washington DC,, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. Their archives are worth a look.
The author is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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