Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year! 

A new year means new opportunities to learn more about our families. I have a big project in mind to preserve the past for the future. I plan to:

o   Go through my house and photograph family treasures
o   Label those items with dates & stories
o   Burn the information on CDs for my children
o   Print a paper copy of the photos & details
o   Post the photos on Treasure Chest Thursdays

Here are some examples of the miscellany I want to document:

o   The painting of the Irish countryside purchased about 1895 by my great grandfather, Michael Coyle, for his wife to remind her of their home
o   My great aunts’ china sets purchased c 1930
o   Family jewelry including a tiny bracelet purchased by my great grandmother for my mother when she was born
o   A Bible owned by my great great great grandmother
o   A pair of cedar bookends my husband & I bought on our honeymoon in Bermuda

As I photograph each item I plan to label it with a description, a date [if possible] and any story related to the item.

If I don’t do this there will come a time when my children will own these items and may not remember their significance. Like a photograph without the people labeled, the items will be of limited value.

Time to charge my camera & get started!


Charlie Purvis said...

Big project, Happy New Year to you and the family.

Wendy said...

I started photographing my heirlooms and treasures for my daughters too, but the stories are yet to be completed. Thanks for the reminder to get back on it! Happy New Year, Colleen, and Happy Blogging in 2014.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

I hope to break it down to small jobs by category or location in our house. Happy 2014 to You & Yours!

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Wendy, have a marvelous 2014. Wishing you many genealogical discoveries this year.