I think the non-genealogists of the world relate to family heirlooms more readily than they do to our pedigree charts and family group sheets.
Case in Point
A knitting/crocheting blogger reports attending a family reunion this past weekend. She took 2 photos of an old family quilt in what Ol’Myrt thinks is the Tim’s wife Sheila’s first attempt at documenting her family history. The quilting was done by an 8-year-old ancestor Tim. This is a great way to begin sharing heirlooms with other family members! See: http://mythreadedbliss.typepad.com/my_threaded_bliss/2007/05/family_history.html
While Ol’ Myrt works on another installment of her “Great-grampa Glen’s bear” saga, why not submit some digital pictures of one of your family heirlooms to Ol’ Myrt at: heirlooms@DearMYRTLE.com
I would love to honor your ancestor by creating a blog page dedicated to his/her memory. Your addition to the heirloom project will give other people ideas about how to preserve the stories that go with family heirlooms. You might consider including:
- Photos of the heirloom in GIF or JPG format
- The story that goes with the heirloom
- Name of ancestor
- A picture, sketch or silouette of the ancestor
- Date & place of birth and death of ancestor
- Places where the ancestor lived
- Names of children
- Be sure to protect the right of privacy of living individuals.
Perhaps several articles in DearMYRTLE’s blog this past week will guide your thought process when preparing your submission to the FAMILY HEIRLOOMS PROJECT. In the meantime, I am setting up that domain, and will dedicate the site to the preservation of family heirlooms.
Happy family tree climbing!
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