The Illinois State Genealogical Society Ancestor Photo Contest is open between now and March 31, 2011. ISGS is asking members to submit photos of their own ancestors for use on the ISGS website. If your photo is selected, it will be displayed on a rotating-basis in the top banner of the ISGS website along with other member-submitted photos.
Here’s my submission:
My grandmother (second from right) worked as a seamstress and tailor her entire life in various Chicago sweatshops. She was born in 1896, two months after her father died, and left school after the 6th grade to help support her mother and siblings.
I think this was taken circa 1912, or right about the time of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911 in New York.
I found this photograph (a mounted vintage print) and three other similar images, after her death in 1979. Oh, what I would give to talk to her about this photograph, even for just a few minutes!