Game of Thrones: A Surprising Chaplin Actress

In addition to being a genealogy and history fanatic, I also am a huge HBO:Game of Thrones fan.  When I watched the following video, the name was familiar to me.

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You see, I’m a fan of the silent movie actor, Charlie Chaplin, and I remembered that his wife’s name was Oona.  The Oona Chaplin in the video turns out to be the granddaughter of filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and the great-granddaughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill, through her parents: British-American actress Geraldine Chaplin and Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla.

Charlie Chaplin was born in England, and I had heard many years ago that his ancestry was murky.   I found a genealogy at “Find My Past” compiled by Roy Stockdill that says he was born Sidney John Hill, which seems quite plausible and the research well documented.

Bright Ideas: Identifying Old Photographs through “Naming Parties”

The Library and Archives of Canada got it right.  Faced with piles of photographs that tell the country’s history, but unable to identify them, they chose a novel but simplistic solution–ask the older members of the communities before they die.  Yes indeed, such projects are time sensitive.

Social media is a help too, creating inter-generational conversations. The posting of a photograph to Facebook, for example, creates buzz, often results in identification and often a story behind the faces.

I’ve personally worked for, or volunteered for several historical societies who had many unidentifiable photographs, sometimes complete albums.  The smart organizations will take heed now before it is too late and the knowledge of the where’s and who’s are lost forever. A photograph naming ‘event’ could be created, perhaps with a tie in with a town’s Old Home Day, or with a noted anniversary.

Read more about “Project Naming.”