Just before Christmas, Sharon hit the Jackpot. She unearthed (pried from the clenched and unrelenting fists of) the tower of family history crowned jewels from another relative. This was one of those “oh sure, I’ll keep that old crap and get to it someday” sort of piles. A burden to some, but to a Family History Hound…food for the soul, ambrosia…heaven on earth.
Sharon has been busy over vacation “Gedcom loading” and sifting like a good genealogist. I ran thru it like a cat in a litter box. I wanted first dibs on all the photos and newspaper clippings. Why would anyone care about the famous “Fat Twins” who appeared many times on Hee Haw (a silly television show where country folk whooped it up and poked fun at themselves), I am not sure, but there was a clipping in box#3. Who was Mildred Ecke ? She died November 15th, 1934 and apparently was someone who Grandpa cared enough about to save her obit.
For my sister the good genealogist, information is what was swaddled in those boxes. For me, it was more like a mountain of questions and riddles.
What an incredible gift at year’s end. We each got what we wanted. In 5 very untidy boxes and one (yes, I am serious) picnic basket, all the sorrow, glory, tattling, whispers, and funkiness needed to keep us both busy for months, maybe years.
Hats off to Sharon, she loaded this all into her little bitty Dodge, by herself, and sped off to the “cave.” That’s what she calls her office / family history library. I get to dig thru it and share the thrill of the expedition vicariously as I listen to her tell the tale of her “score.”
It’s in gentle and capable hands now. And she is a good “sharer” so it will be available and sorted soon. My sister has already put a lot of thought into which local history society will be receiving the original documents once she has processed it all tidily.
Interesting…It would have never occurred to me to share with strangers.
So I would love to know, how do you feel about sharing your “own” discoveries, clippings, papers, documented photos and the like with an organized (and funded) Society? Have you done this? Considered it?
I have to admit that once again, my sister the researcher has taught me a lesson. Dang it! I think she just kicked my B-Hind again!
Happy New Year!