Time to go on a treasure hunt with Randy Seaver for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!
Here is your assignment, if you choose to play along (cue the Mission: Impossible! music, please!):
(1) Lorine Mcginnis Schulze on her Olive Tree Genealogy blog asked this question several weeks ago in http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/10/what-is-your-oldest-ancestral-item.html.
(2) So have at it — what is the oldest ancestral item in your collection of artifacts and stuff?
(3) Tell us all about it in a blog post of your own, in comments on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook. Be sure to link to them in a comment on this blog post.
Thank you to Lorine for the idea and to Linda S. for suggesting it.
I don't have many ancestral items to begin with and very few old ones, but I did take my time thinking about this to make sure I had determined the oldest item. I'm pretty sure it's a photo of my Gorodetsky great-great-grandparents taken in Kamenets Podolsky, Russian Empire, from about 1890. It's the only family item I have from before 1900.
The second-oldest ancestral item I have is a photo of a different set of great-great-grandparents, the Brainins, from about 1906, taken in Manhattan.
And that's almost everything I have that can count as an "ancestral item." I do have my great-grandmother's set of silverplate tableware, but I don't have a date for them. She married in 1914, so that's the oldest they are likely to be, but there's a good chance they're more recent.