Portraits and Snapshots

Garrison, William E, 1891 editedGarrison, William E, Wilkin Co

While a family portrait gives us the image of what an ancestor actually looked like, a snapshot of that same person tells us more about their life. It helps tell the story of who we are and where we came from. Just as genealogy and family history are equally important. We want the documents to prove who we are, but we need the family stories to give our history depth.   The above photographs are of my great grandfather, William E. Garrison. This portrait was taken on his wedding day in 1891 and the snapshot of him working on his farm in Wilkin County, Minnesota was taken about 1925.