1 Jan 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015 from Sassy Jane Genealogy


31 Dec 2014

Happy New Year’s Eve from 1925 Chicago

New Year's Eve from 1925 Chicago

To all my readers and friends, my Norwegian– and Swedish-American ancestors (and how I wish I knew all their names) wish you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve from 1925 Chicago. That’s my grandmother third from the bottom right and my father on her left. May 2015 be full of new family history discoveries for you all.

24 Dec 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas 2014 to all of my readers. Today’s post is a nostalgic trip to Christmases Past courtesy of

I think this is the Christmas I got a Betsey McCall doll, complete with the skating outfit you see below left. I loved going to my grandmother’s house for many reasons, but among them was her subscription to McCall’s magazine. Each month, Betsey McCall would have a new adventure (and a new outfit, of course). Then they came out with the doll and my happiness was complete.

Merry Christmas 2014

If you’d like to look at your Christmas Past, you can visit and find Speigels, Sears, Lord & Taylor, and other mail order catalogs from the 1930s through the 1980s. Thanks to WishbookWeb for digitizing these giant vintage mail order catalogs.

May your Christmas be merry and bright.

14 Oct 2014

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween Photos

The Library of Congress wants your family Halloween photos from 2014. Are you photographing hayrides, haunted houses, parades, or trick-or-treating this year with adorable children and grandchildren? The Library of Congress wants you! (And I hope someday the American Folklife Center (AFC) will want vintage family photographs of Halloween like the one above.)

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween PhotosThe AFC at the Library of Congress invites Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November – Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos – to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife.

Between 22 October and 5 November, the American Folklife Center invites people to document in photographs how holiday celebrations are experienced by friends, family, and community, and post photos […]