Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Family History Scrapbook

I have always been fascinated with geneolagy. My mother-in-law Pat does a wonderful job of researching and documenting the lives of WB's family and ancestors. We have many wonderful short booklets about family members that include stories and pictures. A few years ago when my grandparents passed away their belongings were split between the three siblings. I worried that some of the history of these pieces and precious treasures would be lost on future generations. So I've started taking pictures of my mother's items and am working on putting them in a photo album for her to identify and tell any information she remembers about it.

For instance this clock:
The story goes that back when my mother was a little girl living on the family farm that a neighbor needed some bricks for a project back at his place. My grandfather just happened to have a pile of bricks so he rolled a wheelbarrow full of bricks over to his neighbors and came home with this clock. It was how the man paid my grandfather for the bricks. Now, I wish I had heard the story first hand, so I could have badgered my grandfather for the details. Like why did you have bricks laying around, where did the man get the clock, etc. But at least I will have this story to pass down with the clock.

My mother--in-law tapes pieces of paper to the back of family pieces telling who it belonged to and maybe a little something special about it. This is a quick and easy way to perserve the history of the piece.

For more helpful tips go to We Are That Family


Pat's Place said...

Oh, I am so glad that you are doing that. I DO THAT, but I waited so long to start that my mother either did not remember the story or the person who knew the story was long gone. Nice of you to start out earlier than I did! Another publication for you if you want to self publish for your family???

mub said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm going to suggest this to my mom and grandma!

Terri Tiffany said...

Mu MIL does something like that too! I really should go around with some pieces and do that!

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