Every few years—if you lived on a farm or in a rural area—you might have had a sales person drive into your yard with a beautiful framed photo that featured an aerial view of your place. As family historians, these are useful in understanding the changes that occurred on the property. Looking across the years you might see that the old barn built in the 1880s had served its purpose and was replaced with a new machine shed.
They still do these aerial photos which is great to see. I’ve recently found a site that takes this process to the digital world. Let’s look.
As you celebrate this holiday, ask your family members what they remember about past Easters. Did they dye eggs? Have Easter egg hunts? Go to church? Gather with family for a larger meal? What was it like 100 years ago? What do old pictures and postcards tell us about holidays and our families? Capture those memories and stories! Enjoy the day! I’m hopping off to spend time with family and friends after church. Hoppy Easter!
Aren’t we fortunate to have so many online sites and search options today? We could search for the rest of our lives and never discover everything! I was reading an excellent article “Diamonds in the Rough” by David A. Fryxell in the May/June copy of Familytree Magazine. Among the free sites he reviewed, Internet Archive was featured. I decided to delve into this site myself and share what I’ve learned.
Memories… I promise that this post will not make you break out singing the theme from the musical “Cats”. Unless I’ve now created an earworm by mentioning the song. <smile> As family storytellers, we are the gatherers and keepers of our family history and shared memories. You probably noticed the overriding theme of this site is to “encourage” you to write down those stories and memories. This week let’s look at a tool/subsite on FamilySearch called “Memories”.
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.