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My parents are celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary this month! Happy Anniversary! And totally unlike the modern spectacle marriages (so many couples have) they invited four people to their wedding. My grandparents.

These shots were taken afterwards at my parents East Lansing apartment.

Happy hunting,

Jess

Bradley County Cousins, c.1964This one’s for my Bradley County, Arkansas family members—Trotters, Yorks, and Allied families. Daddy has this one labeled as Cousins 1946. I’m guessing it’s a shot from Arkansas but I can’t name anyone in the picture. Is one of the older girls Aunt Alfreda?

Happy hunting!

Jess

Trotter-Rogers Reunion 1985, Detroit, MIIt’s reunion/family-get-together season and I’ve got the photos to prove it!

This one’s from 1985. I’m not sure if this was an actual reunion or just a large family gathering.

I only really know my immediate family here. I’m with Mom in the front right and my brother is looking surly with his plate in the front left. I see Grandma and the outline of Grandpa, two of my cousins, three aunts, and three uncles, Great Aunt Lee Ellen (Trotter) Hampton, and Cousin Carol. I’m guessing there are more Hamptons in the shot?

Dad had to have been one of the photographers. How do I know? Because I was making funny faces at the photographer in the next shot and that would only happen to him and my Uncle Christopher. And Chris was in the background of both shots.

This was taken in front of my Grandparents house near the old Detroit City Airport, Detroit, Michigan.

Happy hunting!

Jess

PS. Can anyone tell me how Cousin Carol was related to the Trotters?

Sometimes it’s not about the beach… but the family outings are key.

Johnsons & Trotters at Potter Park Zoo, 1981

My Uncle Mike and my Aunt Sandy on the left, my mother holding my brother, and Mike and Sandy’s middle child (and closest to me in age), Eric, on the right—all riding the train at Potter Park Zoo in 1981. This was a memorable outing that included members of both sides of my family converging on Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI.

Happy hunting!

Jess

Seriously… what can I say. 1970s fashion at it’s best? Look at those ruffles!

This is my Uncle Michael dressed for Prom. His was the third child after my dad and third to last of my Grandparents large family. He was also unfortunately the first to pass, in 1993.

Happy hunting,

Jess

Someone’s birthday is this week!

Trotter Uncle, 1966Happy hunting,

Jess

Elnora (York) Trotter, c. mid-1940s

We’ll miss you, Grandma!

Elnora (York) Trotter, 1926-2013

Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother

Enjoy the time you have and ask questions while you can!

Jess

Grandma & Grandpa Trotter, 1972Today is the 66th anniversary of my grandparents wedding. On January 18, 1947 they married at the home of my Great Aunt Rachel (York) Elliot in Palestine Township, Bradley Co., Arkansas.

This is a shot of their 25th Anniversary party at their home in Detroit, Michigan. They were married 41 years and raised 8 children before Grandpa died in 1988.

Happy hunting,

Jessica

Grandma & Grandpa Trotter, c. 1981

I’ve been a bit bogged down with deadlines and the creeping ick that seems to be common this time of year… but I didn’t want to miss Wordless Wednesday. And Grandma Trotter has been on my mind lately.

These are my grandparents Elnora (York) and Levie Trotter enjoying the swings at a Trotter-Johnson picnic outside of Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan in 1980 or 1981. It’s a bit fuzzy but it brings back fond memories.

Happy hunting,

Jessica

I was going through pictures again and these two struck me as an interesting pair. The first is my mother and the second is me. I had more hair and teeth… and yes, I am rocking Oscar the Grouch on my dress. But, yeah, we’re related.

Happy Hunting,

Jess

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