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August 2010 Photo Detective: Mistaken Identity
Genealogy clues in an unusual daguerreotype.
 This image could show a family branch Judy Norman knows little about. But the details she had didn’t add up. Inside the case of this daguerreotype was a note from her grandmother: “Taken 111 years ago. This is 1967, Grandma Humbarger. In center, Martha Jane Humbarger, Ficklin, Illinois.”
Simple math says the picture was taken in 1856. But Martha Jane (Jacobs) Humbarger wasn’t born until 1855. And in 1856, these folks lived in Vermillion County, Ind., not Ficklin, Ill. Let’s see if we can help Norman figure out what’s right and what isn’t.
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