Friday, March 4, 2011

Public Service Announcement

While going through some of my boyfriend's families photos the other night and in the midst of scanning and organizing them I started to get frustrated.

Why didn't anyone think to scribble a name and date on the back of these photos? I am huge on archiving so I would probably take this a step further in modern times and beg to use a photo-safe marker/pen. I know that it is a digital world but if you are one of the lucky few to still have grandparents or great-grandparents alive, jog their memory and write down names and dates on the back of photos. Future generations will benefit from this. They won't have to do all the footwork and they won't be annoying you with questions on who certain people are in photos.

I have sat my own grandmother down often and quizzed her on certain people. Much to my dismay, she will often answer "I have no idea....". So for past, present and future pictures - label, label, label!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Accidental Historian

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. - Shirley Abbott
My first family tree was probably a cute colorful one made on construction paper back in elementary school. At the time I didn't think anything of it. Further down the road, I started constructing my "real" family tree. This was done almost entirely out of boredom and the elusive 1980 Capoccia family tree poster that may or may not have still existed up until that point. Everyday, My house was like a treasure hunt! 

The first year of researching my tree was amazing. I found birth certificates, death certificates, obituaries, and such. I added a lot of information. I even found a hessian on my grandmother's side of the family. How exciting!

It has been almost 7 years since I started and there is no turning back now. At the current moment, I am attending school to receive my masters in library science with a focus on archiving. I am also going to document my preparations on becoming a certified genealogist.