My favorite family memento is the large box of family history, old photographs & genealogy records passed down to me from my Grandmother; the history of who I am and the who/what/where/when and how by which I came to be, as our family tree grew and branched out.
I must admit that I didn't fully pay attention to Gram's excitement as she joined genealogy clubs & searched for vital information upon her retirement several years ago. After all, I was a single parent right smack in the middle of raising 4 energetic young children. The thought of spending any rare quiet moments of spare time sifting through old photos and birth/death records of my ancestors seemed like quite a chore.
As I've gotten older and my own children are grown, I am so very grateful to have had all these glimpses of our family history handed down to me before my Grandmother passed away. They are indeed very interesting. Old photos explaining who my great-great grand-relatives were and where they came from; immigration papers and passports with photographs and vital information; birth, marriage, and death certificates from a span of over 150 years. Proud photos of 1st automobiles, autograph books with whimsical writings of high school classmates, graduation certificates and honors bestowed for jobs well done. Military records, letters mailed home from war saved by worried mothers & girlfriends anxiously awaiting war endings, metals and ranks received. Locks of hair carefully saved from 1st haircuts, tiny hospital bracelets with beaded baby names, dates & places of the various events of life.
While Gram did gather a multitude of information, documents, and photos ~ she never got around to properly organizing all that information. Before I get too old to get around to it myself, it's my goal to create a series of organized albums & digital displays documenting where I came from... to pass down for the next generation of branches in our family tree. copyright 2013 www.redshedvintage.com