pagerd: (genealogy)
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Finally, finally, finally made it to my parents' house to collect the family history pages of the family bible.

My dad downsized his tv/vcr setup by replacing the full-sized tvs with baby-sized monitors, so it was easy to clear the top of the hope chest enough to actually empty it. I grabbed everything: holiday cards, me and my siblings' school-made projects and photographs.

I now have a death date for my great-grandmother (dad's dad's mom), but whoever updated the page didn't know when her husband died. But it did have the dates for marriages for my great-grandparents and birth dates for all of their children. I have marriage dates and spouses for most of the children. They didn't record dad's dad's first marriage (the one that resulted in dad), but his second marriage is listed. The bible had changed hands by that time.

My dad and I paged through his scrapbook from his time in the Navy. He bought the book in Okinawa when he was stationed there. My aunt had a pandigital photolink scanner sent to me to test for her, so I was scanning pictures as he took them out and they were returned to the book right away. The scanner has a limit of four inches, so I did have to ask to borrow a few larger photographs to scan at home.

The bible dates from 1888, at least that's the marriage recorded on the MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE HEIRLOOM MEMORIAL page. It's in terrible shape. The binding is completely detached, and several signatures have dissolved threads. To preserve the family history pages, my dad removed them and put them in plastic sleeves. They are like jigsaw puzzles and a few pieces at the edges are missing. Fortunately, the only information that was lost was the final digit of a few birth years. I can and have filled in that data from other sources.

Another prize was a photograph of my dad's mother with her parents and five of her siblings. My first cousin once-removed, who acted as my dad's foster mother after my grandfather's death, had had the picture copied and she annotated the back with names, birth dates, death dates and added the names of two other siblings. One had died at eighteen months, she had "ate green grapes".

The youngest child on the far right was born in 1913, so I think the picture was taken in the early nineteen-twenties.

I started trying to organize the other contents of the hope chest and have my mom do some picture identification, but it was too hard to organize and identify at the same time.

I brought everything but the bible (about eight inches thick) and dad's scrapbook home with me.

December 2015


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