Every time I would visit my mom, I would look to see whose picture the album was opened to and sometimes I would turn the page so that we could look at a new person for awhile. I called them "the old people". Then one day I noticed that "the old people" were not on display anymore! She had put the album away. I felt sorry for "the old people". I felt like they should be seen even if we didn't know who they were.
When she decided to sell her house and move to California I asked her what she was going to do with "the old people" and she said that I could have the album. Boy was I happy! I really loved looking at these photos and wondering about who the people were. The album was very fragile so I had to be very careful with it. I put it on my mantel for awhile, but it really needed to be put in a safe place to keep it from falling apart any more than it had. So I bought a special box to keep it in.
I had done a little genealogy, but it wasn't until a few years later that I really got into it. I was laid off from my job, I had lots of time on my hands, and I was hooked on genealogy staying up till all hours of the night searching for ancestors. That is when I decided that I would find out who these "old people" were.
I was able to find out who they were and where they belonged on the family tree. But, I never scanned the photos because the book was too delicate. I couldn't remove the photos without causing damage and I didn't want to subject the album to a scanner by smashing it flat onto the glass and having to flip and hold the album one way and then the other to scan the pictures. But I have a Flip-Pal mobile scanner now, so I can scan the pictures without harming the album. So I thought I would scan the pictures and share with you what I know about the "old people". So the next several posts will be about the people in this album. They are my ancestors from my great grandmother Olive Iola Dixon's family.