I have mementos of my family as I am sure all of you do. I have found a way for me to keep a record of them. It is important, because sometimes people forget if things are not written down.
I am in the process of taking pictures of my family items that I don't want my children or grandchildren (whenever they may come) to ever get rid of.
Things such as the old rolling pin, pie pan, mixing bowl and biscuit cutters that Mom gave me to use after I was married. . .
Charley's dad's aluminum lunch box that he used when he worked at Carbide a long time ago. . .
A lot of us are not fortunate enough to have items from our distant ancestors. Items you record can be mementos from your childhood days or your childrens' childhood days.
I am downloading the pictures to my desktop and then copying them into microsoft word and writing beneath each picture what they are, who they originally belonged to and any history I might know about each item.
When I am finished, I will print off the pages and put them into a notebook devoted to this project. I have titled mine, MEMORIES OF OUR PAST.
Here is the type of notebook that works very well for this project. It is a 3 ring binder that has a plastic sleeve on the front of it. You could run off the title page and slip it into the sleeve. You can buy these in all sizes.
Print your pages, punch holes and put them into the notebook.
You think you will always remember, but take my word for it. . . people forget!
Do this so items you want to keep, and are a part of your family, do not get accidentally donated, thrown away or sold at a yard sale in the future. If this information gets recorded along with the pictures, it can keep something like that from happening.
I hope maybe I have given you an idea as to what you can do to keep track of your family mementos.
This is the first of a series of posts I will be doing about Recording Our Past.
I have posted a poem here about growing up in Appalachia. If you want, go read about where I am From. . .