Chicago, c. 1913 My grandmother at work 100 years ago: Frieda Hann Loe (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 8th grade to [...]
Finding Hans Loe, my Norwegian great-grandfather, is very satisfying, especially in light of my floundering beginning efforts and not knowing enough about Norwegian records. Is there anything more satisfying that figuring out primary source records in another language? I don't think so! And Norway may be the exception to the rule that [...]
I'm delighted to say that the photograph of my grandmother, Frieda Hann Loe, at work in a Chicago sweatshop c. 1912 has been selected as one of 12 winners in the Illinois State Genealogical Society's Ancestor Photo Contest. Visit ilgensoc.org to see the other winners.
Today I'm writing about how I started looking for Hans Loe, my Norwegian great-grandfather. It’s only three letters, but if I had a quarter for every time I’ve had to spell my last name, spell it again, and still ask to have the “w” removed, I could fund a dozen instant [...]