Category: Heirlooms

A Butterfield Geier wedding story

Creating my grandparents' wedding story Using 1921 souvenirs Perhaps one of the most important stories I want to leave my children is the one about my paternal grandparents' wedding. I can't really say why. This is the grandma I knew best, the one I spent more time with, the one they'll never know; perhaps I ...

Grandaunt Bertha: Making a slideshow

Profiling when there is scant information Create a simple slideshow using what you have MEMORIES Dad used to say Bertha was a fabulous cook. I didn't have the pleasure of sitting at her dining table but once; however, I recall that visit. The year was 1980, and it was the only time I visited Aunt ...

Truth or fact: Honor guard or wounded soldier?

Separating truth from fact when reading old documents A matter of focusing on your goals When deciphering journals, diaries, or even census records, it's very important to keep in mind that someone's family story is their truth, which will be repeated as such. This does not mean it is factual. Perhaps a story or fact ...

Scanning, negatives, labeling, storage, and journals

Properly preserving, labeling, storing and more Scanning Photos take a lot of time to scan and label. Some are quite large and cannot be easily scanned. My photography skills come into play here--or lack thereof--and this can be a challenge. I've managed to take photos with my cell phone of most of the larger, awkward ...

Seemingly disconnected artifacts

Using random keepsakes What to do with a pile of seemingly disconnected artifacts You've dusted the keepsake box. You've brought it downstairs and emptied its contents. You've carefully spread them in front of you, and, well, you begin to feel helpless. You have a hunch this one may will take some effort. "File 13" never ...

Trinkets & treasures

WHAT ABOUT THOSE HARD-TO-CATEGORIZE COLLECTIBLES? Inevitably, there are items that end up collecting dust. Some are hard to use in the present; a smaller, easier, or more versatile item has taken its place. Others will always collect dust. Still, there are ways to help your children learn how their ancestors lived. Can anyone guess the ...

Heirlooms: Using to profile ancestors

One of our favorite antiques sits in the corner of our dining room. It can't be used for its original purpose, and we want to prevent its ruin. I often showcase my small quilts and fan them over the top. This one is destined for the corner, but not all heirlooms need to collect dust. ...