Friday, February 27, 2015

George F. Riel, Chicago Photographer

As part of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Studies class, Family Photographs: Identifying, Preserving, and Sharing Your Visual Heritage, our instructor, Maureen Taylor gave us an assignment. We were to select a photo from our personal collection and research the photographer. The report below is the report of my findings. It's not an exhaustive search and some derivative sources were used. 

The photograph I selected is of Marie and Andrew Ebling.


Image citation: Andrew and Marie Ebling portrait, circa 1890s; privately held by C. Fuller, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]; copy provided to M. Goodrum ca. 2000. Fuller inherited the original from her parents.

Chicago photographer George F. Riel was born to German immigrants John George Riel and Pauline Elinor Eber, in 1856, in Chicago, Illinois.[1] On 21 August 1888, the 32-year-old George F. Riel married Minnie E. Miller. She was 23.[2] Sometime between 1904 and 1910, George and his family moved to Fairhope, Baldwin County, Alabama. Minnie Elizabeth Miller Riel predeceased her photographer husband. George died in Fairhope, Baldwin County, Alabama on 2 August 1930. His occupation was listed as photographer. His address was Atkinson Lane, Fairhope Alabama.[3]

Below is a listing of the various dates and addresses for photographer George F. Riel.

Name
Year
Address-Business/Occupation
Address-Residence

George F. Riel
1875-76
1876-77
546 Canal
Photographer

Listed as “Kiel” in the R section-probably an OCR error.[4]
George F. Riel
1877
546 S. Canal
Photographer
139 W. 12th

Residence also includes John G. Riel, foreman[5]

1877-78
1878-79
1 8 7 9 - " "
546 Canal
Photographer [6]


George Riel
1880
Photographer
139 W. 12th Street
Living with parents John J., Paulina, & siblings John & Paulina[7]
George F. Riel
1882
25 W. 12th
Inspector
139 W. 12th
Residence includes John G. Riel, laborer[8]
George F. Riel
1891-1900
339 W. Madison
Photographer [9]


George F. Riel
1900
Photographer
531 Winchester Ave
Enumerated with wife Minnie E. and children Ferris T. & Minerva M.[10]
George F. Riel
1904
339 W. Madison
Photographer[11]


George F. Riel
1910
Farmer
Baldwin County, Alabama
Enumerated with wife Minnie E. and children Ferris T. & Minerva M.[12]

               



[1] “Alabama Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed February 26 2015), George Frederick Riel. Also, 1880 U.S. census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 89, p. 2 (penned), dwelling 5, family 9, George Riel; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 February 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 191.
[2] “Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed February 26 2015), George F. Riel.
[3] “Alabama Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974,” Ancestry.com, George Frederick Riel.
[4] Chicago Photographers, 1847 through 1900: as listed in Chicago city directories (Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1958); digital image; Hathi Trust Digital Library (http://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 28 February 2015).
[5] Thomas Hutchinson, compiler, The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago,  (1877-8), p. 833; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 February 2015).
[6] Chicago Photographers, Hathi Trust Digital Library.
[7] 1880 U.S. census, Cook Co., Ill., pop. sched., ED 89, p. 2 (penned), dwell. 5, fam. 9, George Riel.
[8] Thomas Hutchinson, compilerThe Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago, 1882  (1882), p. 1025; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 February 2015).
[9] Chicago Photographers, Hathi Trust Digital Library.
[10] 1900 U.S. census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Chicago, ED 249, sheet 10-49, dwelling 74, family 209, George F. Riel; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 February 2015); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 254.
[11] Business Directory of Chicago  (1904), p. 734; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 February 2015).
[12] 1910 U.S. census, Baldwin County, Alabama, population schedule, Precinct 10 Fairhope and Zundeli, ED 9, sheet 8B, dwelling 184, family 190, George F. Riel; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 February 2015); citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 1.
[13] “Alabama Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974,” Ancestry.com, George Frederick Riel.

To cite this post:
Michelle Goodrum, "George F. Riel, Chicago Photographer," The Turning of Generations, 27 February 2015 (http://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/2015/02/george-f-riel-chicago-photographer.html : [access date].

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