Clang! Clang! Clang! I imagine my Dad pounding on the sickle section using the anvil as a brace or my Grandfather practicing his blacksmithing skills on this very old, heavy anvil. After our family auction, the anvil would become part of another’s history.
As genealogists, we tend to focus much of our time on capturing dates and data about our ancestors. While all these facts help us learn more about our ancestor, sometimes it is the “stuff” that triggers the best memories.
Whether you grew up in a home in town or a family farm, moving is an impactful change. As my family gathered and sorted in preparation for the auction and move, items conjured up memories. My Grandma’s White Sewing Machine stood among the boxes of sale items with its mission style cabinet encasing a beautiful machine. The golden embellishments worn from years of Grandma sewing for her eleven children. My aunts told how they became proficient sewers on that treadle machine and I know they continued to make their own clothing well into their eighties.
Are you starting to think about your own family heirlooms? What will happen to them when you move? Perhaps a sixty-pound anvil might not make the move but think of the many treasures that have already survived decades: sepia photographs, a floral tea kettle, a battered trunk or even Grandma’s sewing machine. These objects are great memory triggers when capturing your family’s history. Take time to collect, document and capture mini-histories, fun stories and events that tie them back to your family history.
Here’s your challenge:
p.s. Yes I did keep Grandma’s sewing machine but sadly could not keep the sixty pound anvil. But I do have the pictures and stories and memories to take with me.
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.