Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
More Orphan Heirlooms Have Gone Home
I'm not entirely sure why I feel so sad when photographs and documents have been left behind in estate sales and the like. In part it's because to me they represent the stories of people's lives, and once they are set adrift they no longer have the same context. But if absolutely no one in the family wants the items, perhaps they could be donated to a genealogical or historical society. There they can be appreciated and remembered as artifacts of lives that have been lived. They can be catalogued and available to people researching those families. They don't become generic nameless people with no histories.
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Janice, I agree. Most end up in the trash. The gentleman has acquired a treasure.ReplyDelete
We're not the only ones who think that way, Linda. The same topic just came up in this month's issue of the LostCousins newsletter, which primarily deals with British research. Go to http://www.lostcousins.com/newsletters/jan12news.htm and read the story "Wedding ring found on carrot."ReplyDelete
Janice, How wonderful that you were able to find the man in the photo! Many times people forget that photos are not just something from the past to be discarded once the owners are gone. Photos are of real people who lived real lives, as you say, just in a different period of history. The value to us is immeasurable and still one of the best ways to experience "time travel" that we have. Bravo to you!ReplyDelete