Friday, June 10, 2011

Searching for Sina - Sina's Little Book of Pictures

One of the recent discoveries in my forgotten family archives is a little book of pictures that belonged to my maternal grandmother, Sina Bellinger Kelly.

The book is roughly the dimensions of standard business card with paper printed with blue-lined grids. The little notebook appears to have been a giveaway from Speier & Simon, Men's and Boys' Outfitters that were located on the corner of Tenth and O Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska. The cover indicates this was given out at the Nebraska State Fair in 1909. Sina would have been about 20 years old at the time.

The little picture book is sprinkled with tiny photographs of Sina's friends. Fortunately for me, she has identified the majority of the people in the book. I'll be sharing the photographs in the coming days. I'm trying to match up the photos to long lost relatives who might be looking for them. So I'm searching out matches on and FindAGrave and contacting other family historians to see if they are interested in a photo of their long lost relative.

This is a photograph of Garnet Lee Meese with Sina Bellinger Kelly. I love those hats!

Garnet appears several times in Sina's little book of pictures, so it would seem they were close friends. I found Garnet's memorial page on FindAGrave and added some of the photos from the book. I've also contacted some members who have Garnet in their family tree. I'll be interested to see if I hear back from anyone.

More photos from Sina's Little Book of Pictures will be posted in the coming days.


  1. What a delightful treasure! I'm so jealous.

  2. I'm so glad you found this little book. The above photo is great!