A few years ago I became interested in learning more about the Ziegfeld Follies since my great aunt had been a Follies Girl (as they were called). She performed in the Follies and the Midnight Frolic. This is a picture of her from the Ziegfeld Frolic and I believe this was called the balloon dance. From what I understand gentlemen could pop the balloons.
I came across a site called Find a Grave and decided to add my great aunt's information in case a relative of another Follies Girl stumbled upon it. Then I forgot about it until a few weeks ago when I decided to take a look at the site again.
My Dad died this past September and I was surprised to find his information entered on the site. I assumed my sister or someone in her family had probably stumbled across the site and decided to add it, but to my surprise they hadn't. It was someone I didn't know, so I clicked on the name. It was a man who lives in the next town and does volunteer work for the site. He gathers information on local deaths and enters them so they'll be available for research. I contacted him and he turned the listing over to me so I could update the biography. That's when I decided to start adding information on my mother and other relatives. I'm only adding the ones that I have first hand information about...either the cemetery plot information or graves I've personally visited in the past. If I haven't documented it myself I don't add it. I'm still not finished, but work on it whenever I have a little extra time.
I've also started going through old photos and writing on the back who the people are, where the photo was taken, etc., and then scanning them. Does anyone know if there's a program that I could put on my computer for old photos? I'm finding I can't list all the names, dates, and locations when I save the scans to my computer. The titles would be much too long.
I enjoy old photos. Here are a few I've come across:
Both sets of my grandparents together.
My second grade class. I'm the little girl with the glasses in the second row at the front of the class. The little boy at the front of the third row told me there was no Santa Claus in Kindergarten. I've never forgotten.
My Grandma Durgin with Hilda Sims in 1932 in Washington, DC. I believe Hilda must have been a cousin since my grandmother's maiden name was Sims.
This is my Grandpa Morris' Christmas card. He owned a gas station in Westwood, NJ.
Have a good weekend...