I fell down a proverbial rabbit hole!
|Paternal great x3 aunt, only known as Ms Bowers.|
I started sorting and scanning old family pictures instead to be useful with my time while my knee settles down. Its like an old murder mystery but minus the murder part and you track clues and family trees.... and oh, look its midnight!
|Olive age 3, 1924|
I have family pictures for both my sets of grandparents and even some of great grandparents, then add to the mix one paternal aunt and her two marriages, and also two maternal aunts and their spouses and all of the pictures taken by my father and mother over their lifetimes and I have literally thousands to sort, identify and scan.
|Twins approx 1937|
|Twins approx 1940-41|
|Twins approx 1948-49|
I have an account with Ancestry and so can double check years and dates, family connections and then I have been sending these out one by one to family. I had thought that 12-15 per day would take me 2-3 years but I decided to speed things up a bit. So long as they sort using my subject lines, then all photos will group together as an individual or family.
|Paternal great uncles Bill and Fred|
Its fascinating seeing Life in another place and time, from their births to their old age. Its been a quite cathartic experience and it sure puts what's important .... truly important into perspective.
|Paternal great aunt Hilda|
|Unknown family member... no one recorded his name on the back.|
I just didn't want them to remain nameless or end up in a garbage bin or second hand shop someday. That is so sad.
If you have old style paper photographs, even if you don't organize them, at least write names on the back so someone one day who does organize them has names to go with faces. Its one of those jobs that everyone says they must do sometime but it never seems important until its too late.
Trust me, we all become a line on a family tree someday and with the technology around now, you can add pictures, stories, and even video's.
Consider it a gift to the future family.....
Meanwhile we had an overflow from our four year old dishwasher and so our four year old hard wood floor is being lifted in places and replaced with new boards this weekend. The offending dishwasher is still here and we are hand washing until we decide which route to take: repair or replace. Hand washing is a very time consuming job. :(
Then there have also been some mysterious plumbing 'issues' downstairs which has four plumbers scratching their heads while we search for solutions.
Now you know why the Rabbit Hole has been so appealing.... next post, weaving.... promise!