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!