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Family Heirlooms – 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Week #6 – Family Heirlooms

Week 6 – Family Heirlooms: For which family heirloom are you most thankful? How did you acquire this treasure and what does it mean to you and your family?

This challenge runs from Sunday, February 5, 2012 through Saturday, February 11, 2012.


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

7 thoughts on “Family Heirlooms – 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

  1. I have a Family tree which dates from 1396 to 1930 which hangs on my wall. It was passed down from my 2nd Great Grandmother, Caroline Ellen Holford (nee Iselin), on my mothers paternal side. Caroline is the last of her line listed on it. I do not know how she came by it but there are literally thousands of names, dates & places of births-deaths (in very tiny writing). This tree is my most valued treasure and the one thing I have instructed my family to save in the event of a disaster.

  2. My most precious heirloom is my great grandmother’s (Lillie Husong nee Kincaid on my maternal side) SCRAPBOOK. In this book, my great grandmother traced hands ( in pencil) of all her family. She also clipped pieces of their hair…braided it, tied it with thread and sewed them on the pages of the scrapbook. She labeled each with their names, date taken and their ages. She did this when she was a young girl. Then when she became a married woman she continued tracing hands in this scrapbook and taking hair clippings but she also traced the feet of her babies. It is a very unusual keepsake but it brings me very close to these ancestors…some of whom I never knew. I did grow up knowing my great great grandmother, my great grandmother, and grandmother, and mother. I also treasure the photo I have of all 4 women with me (as an infant) sitting in my great great grandmother’s lap! Did not ever see this scrapbook until my mother passed away in 1997. One of my Aunt’s borrowed it and it was almost lost by her family. My Aunt passed away suddenly and this very fragile scrapbook was found stuck behind a desk where it had fallen. So happy that is was found and returned to me. I do think I would grab this scrapbook in the event of any disaster…it is irreplaceable!

  3. After my aunt passed away last year, I got the letters sent from my grandmother to my grandfather during World War Two. I put them into a book “Camp Letters: 1942 – 1945” so I could share them with my family. My sisters and cousins didn’t know half of it! No one writes letters like that anymore.

  4. My most precious document is the Removal Order of my 3x great grandfather and his family from Somerset to Devon (in the UK).

    Finding out when and why the family would move from Somerset to Devon was a bit of a brick wall at the time and I was thrilled to knock this wall down so cleanly.

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