When I saw this photo I was mesmerized. I wanted to know more about the man who posed with a cigarette dangling out of his mouth, and offering one to an unknown recipient.
For many years, it seemed as though he didn’t want to be found. I would stare at his photo, hoping that perhaps some supernatural force might intervene and I could gain some insight into his life. I posted queries about him on several genealogical forums.
After many years of searching I finally received an answer. I had been unable to find George because his last name was not spelled the way that it was typically spelled; instead of ‘Mingle’ it was spelled ‘Mingel.’
George’s picture has taught me a valuable lesson. Whenever I am searching for someone I never assume that they spelled their last name the way I’ve spelled it. Instead, I need to look at all the ways a surname might be spelled.