Saturday, August 6, 2016

Family Treasures Project

On December 30, 2014, I set a genealogy goal to document our family treasures—worried that if something happened to me, they would end up in the trash, given away, or sold at a yard sale for a quarter. I started the project but only worked on it for a week—too busy working on the 52 Ancestors project. So, I’ve decided to take a break from 52 Ancestors and get serious about family treasures instead.

I wondered if I should call these items heirlooms vs. family treasures so of course googled both to see what the difference was. Historic New England has a nice website with a section about family treasures which they describe as “… any object that holds meaning for a particular family. Objects can remind people of proud, happy, or meaningful experiences. They can tell stories of important family events, or remind us of people who came before us. For a child, a family treasure can be a toy that was a gift from someone special. The toy reminds them of the giver.” Merriam-Webster describes an heirloom as “a valuable object that is owned by a family for many years and passed from one generation to another.” After reading both descriptions, I believe family treasure best describes what I want to document.

With each item, I plan to provide a description and any information that I have about it, as well as photos of the item and people connected to it. I hope you enjoy.

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