Grammy Eleanore, August 1941

A woman found me on Ancestry this week and said she thought that she had a picture of my maternal grandmother, Eleanore Bergman.  At first I thought that it couldn’t be her.  The picture was labeled Ellie Bergman and she never went by Ellie (at least my mom had never heard her called that).  When I received the picture though, it was clear that this was definitely my grandma.

“Ellie Bergman” August 25, 1941.

She graduated from high school in June of 1941, so this is just a couple of months after that.  I don’t have many pics of her from this time period, so this is very special to me.

The other thing that excited me so much, was that she used the nickname “Ellie” – which is what we’ve always called my daughter Elizabeth.

Looking at this picture, I think that she might be wearing a nurse’s uniform under the jacket.  My mom has kept one of her old uniforms and it is  grayish blue and white striped (as far as I can remember).

Oh, and the resemblance to my mom is STRIKING!:)

Don’t you just love it when old pictures or documents find their way to you?  Have you had anything great fall into your lap recently??

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  • Greta Koehl - October 8, 2011 - 5:07 am

    It is so wonderful when people we do not know go out of their way to reunite us with pictures of our ancestors; even better when the pictures contain some new information!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - October 8, 2011 - 5:43 am

    About a year ago I found a cousin who lives in Germany. I sent her a family photo of our grandparents and great grandparents. She, in turn, sent me a photo of our great grandparents when they were young.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Wilkinson Rojo - October 9, 2011 - 8:03 pm

    Wow, its so cool the connections being made with genealogy on line! Through bulletin boards, websites, data bases, blogs and DNA projects online I hear these stories more and more. It makes realize see how we are all connected…ReplyCancel

  • Heather Wilkinson Rojo - October 9, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    Wow, I love hearing stories like this, with another connection made through the magic of the internet. With all the bulletin boards, websites, databases, blogs and DNA projects on line now there are cousin connections being made, heirlooms returned and stories being shared. Its an amazing thing to see how we are all connected…ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - October 13, 2011 - 8:14 am

    Beautiful photo!

    Recently I noticed on ancestry that a private tree had two “photos” of my 2nd great grandmother. So I contacted the person even though I wasn’t sure they were really photos or if this was my Sarah Miller. Lo and behold, they not only were real photos of my 2nd great grandmother but the woman who “owned” them was my second cousin, once removed! And she lives about 45 minutes from my mother. She has since shared all sorts of information with me. Love it!ReplyCancel

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