Sunday, November 8, 2009

Are Your Ancestors in a Box?

Your Ancestors Really Don't Want to Live in a Box!
Do you have a box of old photographs on the top shelf of your closet that you inherited?  Have you had the time to go through them?  Or maybe you have "sifted" through them, but you don't  have any idea what "to do" with them?  Maybe you know they're your family, but you don't know who they are.  Well, what are you waiting for?  Roll up your sleeves, get the box down, and blow off the dust.  Your family story is in that box for goodness sakes!  Is this how you want your descendants to handle your family story?  Do you want to be just an unidentified photo in a box on the top shelf of one of your descendant's closets?  I didn't think so.  So liberate your ancestors from that box!

Something Shady Can Be Helpful
Old photos ~ even unidentified ~ are a great resource for finding your family story, and lucky for you, I know of an informative and beautiful tool to get you started on this journey of finding your family story.  This past Friday, the footnoteMaven's Shades of the Departed e-magazine debuted.  Formerly in blog format, the monthly e-magazine can be read online or downloaded in PDF format for your reading pleasure.  And I really do mean "pleasure" ~ it's absolutely beautiful with motivating and informative articles to help you with your family story.  Oh, and guess what?  You don't have to know how to spell genealogy to read'll probably learn how to spell it, though.  [If you want...]  The whole point is to get you interested in finding, preserving, and sharing your family story, especially through old photographs.  After all, everyone has a family story, right?

Now, I do have to confess that the footnoteMaven graciously extended an invitation to me to be a columnist in Shades of the Departed.  I feel very grateful for this opportunity!  Thank you, fM.  So, without further ado, click on the image below for Shades of the Departed...

Shades of the Departed


  1. I have no such treasures of the past - boy do I wish that I had. I absolutely love old photos.

    However, in the basement and in the attic there are boxes of our photos (my children, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, grandparents... )

    Maybe someday someone will get us out of the box - I am too lazy! LOL

    Congrats on the columnist spot BTW!

  2. I love old family photos. I have many of them framed and on my walls and fireplace mantle. At Christmas time, I decorate my tree with old family pictures.


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