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??

  • 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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Another great week. I had a woman send me a picture of my grandma from 1941, which I had never seen before.  I will be sharing that tomorrow.:)

Here are a few of my favorite finds from this past week…

And a few pictures from this week…

  • Heather Wilkinson Rojo - October 7, 2011 - 8:11 am

    Jen, thanks for mentioning my blog post about the Genealogy Cruise that stopped in Boston. However, I wasn’t ON the cruise, I just met up with the cruisers during their time in port at Boston. So you can add me to the “jealous list”, too! I’d love to take one of these genealogy cruises someday.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - October 7, 2011 - 6:00 pm

      Sorry for confusing it!! Maybe someday we can meet on a cruise! :)ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - October 10, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Jen. One day I plan on cruisin’ Alvarado Street myself :-)ReplyCancel

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I ♥ this picture of Andy’s grandma. She was quite the lady.

Ola Louise {Davidson} Weeks   (June 21, 1915- September 13, 2011)

  • Dee - October 5, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    She was quite an attractive lady…

    Great photo.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - October 6, 2011 - 5:44 am

    That’s a great hat!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - October 13, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    A stunning picture! :)ReplyCancel

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It’s time for another edition of “Shopping Through The Ages” – and this post is devoted to 1902.

Let’s start with women’s clothing.  The hats were still big.  Furs were still in.  And women were still squeezing themselves into uncomfortable corsets.  I’m wondering in what year I”ll see a big change in fashion.

And the girls.  There was a lot of plaid action going on…

I can’t imagine my kids in one of these hats.

Everybody needs underwear – even “fat men”!!

I’ve heard of fish net stockings, but a fish net shirt?

For some reason, this “indestructible doll head” is kind of disturbing to me.  I’m sure it looked fine once a body was added to it.:)

It can “be given to the smallest child with perfect safety, as the metal is covered with a pure, wholesome paint which is manufactured especially for the purpose.”  I wonder how safe it actually was.

Do YOU play?  “The New Parlor Game, Table Tennis, is the craze of society”.

It must have been so difficult watching toddlers over 100 years ago – the stoves alone had to have been a nightmare. We think we have it hard now!!  This “baby tender” must have been a life saver.

I thought this match box was interesting.  You could actually slide a photograph into it – so you could see your loved one every time you lit a match.:)

Talk about an Easy Bake Oven!!  It’s a mini working range for kids.

This is seriously cooler than a piggy bank.  The coin actually get shot into the bear!

It looks like basketball was becoming popular. Don’t you just love the goal?

I’m not so sure that I’d want to use this as a normal chair – even with the cushion on!  It says that “no germs can possibly affect the air”.

I always wondered how women could fit all of their clothes in a trunk when they took long trips.  Isn’t this neat??

Instead of a wheelbarrow, you could get a barrel cart.  Apparently, you have to provide your own barrel though – any kerosene, molasses or vinegar barrel would fit.

The Acme Folding Bath Tubs with Instantaneous Heater Combined.

Don’t you love these color carpet samples??  Gorgeous.

My great-great grandfather was a blacksmith during this time period.  I wonder if these readily available blacksmithing kits took away from his business.

Have any of you ever used wooden measuring cups before?  Neat!

How about some “Female Pills for Weak Women”?  They were “for all female diseases.”

I had never heard of rope portieres before, but I’m assuming that they go over a set of curtains for decoration.

An odometer for your carriage!!

For some reason, I didn’t really imagine people roller skating in 1902.  I wonder what they would think of roller derby.:)

Well, that’s it for this edition of Shopping Through The Ages!  See you next time.:)

  • Susan D - October 4, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    I loved this posting on past fashions. Thank you for such a comrpehensive picture of the times.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - October 18, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Love these time themed posts! Oh, and “portieres” were put in doorways. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

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I was going to have my next installment of Shopping Through the Ages posted today, but that didn’t happen. It will be coming soon!

You get a picture of yours truly instead…

Yes, I was possibly the chubbiest baby on earth.  4 months old and 18 1/2 pounds.  According to my mom, she couldn’t button up the back of my dresses since my neck was so big.

And I have to add that I’m feeling quite old since my baby photos are starting to fade!!

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