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Friday, August 19, 2016

My Ancestor's Autograph Books

An autograph book is a book for collecting the autographs of others. Traditionally they were exchanged among friends, colleagues, and classmates to fill with poems, drawings, personal messages, small pieces of verse, and other mementos. Their modern derivations include yearbooksfriendship books, and guest books. They were popular among university students from the 15th century until the mid-19th century, after which their popularity began to wane as they were gradually replaced by yearbooks.

I have had autograph books all my life, 

my mom started me on, as well as keeping a dairy as a young girl and then graduating to journals as a young adult.

Here are some pages from my ancestor's autograph books.

Aren't these delightful???? I had so much fun reading these and getting to know my ancestors in such a personal way. This inspired me to buy my 9 grandchildren autograph books and carry on a tradition my mom handed to me.

I am not in possession of any of these, I only have the photo's which I found online while doing research.  


  1. Those 'autograph cards' are cool, although I don't recognize any names. I have my mother and her mother's childhood photo albums, and my Dad's....

    1. That's really awesome!!!!
      Sorry for the way late response was not getting my alerts. Thank you for sharing.

    2. That's really exciting should scan them or take photo's and share.