I have been reading so many posts recently about what to do with our genealogical treasures when we die, sorting and scanning photographs and documents, and photographing memorabilia. Then I received the most wonderful letter and package from Ginny, Bob Brouk’s widow. Bob is the focus of my book To Soar with the Tigers. Ginny sent me a few of Bob’s things that he bought while in Rangoon. I needed to make room in my curio cabinet for these items so they wouldn’t be broken. I also knew I needed to photograph them to put into a scrapbook I plan to make this year of that kind of stuff.
The guilt over not finishing my scanning and sorting and documenting all my “stuff” has been simmering for a while and is coming up like a volcanic eruption now. It is time to take care of this, even though I don’t plan to die any time soon.
I spent a good part of my weekend sorting through my boxes of memories. I sorted the stuff into boxes for person. My mom, dad, uncle, husband’s mom, dad, husband himself, then myself and each of my kids. I tossed some stuff I just didn’t need to keep, photographed and scanned other things. I still have many old photos to go through but it will get done.
What did I find? A picture of my high school sweetheart and I when we went to his Junior Prom. That was a blast from the past. So young, thin, full of life. Now…..well we won’t go there. HA! My mom gave me her high school year books and a bunch of other items that I had to just box up until I had time to go through them. I learned a few things about her life I didn’t know. I knew she was a good writer, but she could also draw. She gave me several reports and things she created in school, many of which had drawings. Gorgeous. Sadly, this gift did not get passed to me. I can only draw stick people. HA!
There are many photos from my husband’s side of Lithuanian relatives that are unmarked. It is doubtful we’ll know who these people are but I will scan some of them and post anyway. They are beautiful and who knows – maybe someone will see the photo and tell me who it is some day.
So if you are not going through your “stuff” to organize and label it in some fashion, think about doing so now. Don’t let too much time pass and get rid of the stuff you really don’t need to keep. It will make it easier for whomever you Will your belongings to later.
I cannot believe December is half over already! I’m thrilled to report my Bob Brouk book is done and published. I’m waiting for my proof to arrive to finalize things. As soon as it is I’ll post a link. My goal was to tell his story so his memory would live on and I have done that so I’m very pleased. I am already starting on my second book which I hope to have out by summer. Chicago researchers will hopefully find this book very useful.
ProGen is moving along. We had a great discussion at the beginning of the month about our personal libraries. We each had to share the books we thought were the most valuable and the books we still wish to add to our libraries. There were many books almost all of us owned such as The Source or The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. Another popular book that was listed as owned or wanted was Bringing Your Family History to Life through Social History. This book is out of print but if you search Abebooks.com you may find it for under $75.00. I landed it for $30 a couple of weeks ago. Used of course but in great condition. Check them out if you are looking for out of print books.
This month in ProGen we are reading about writing reviews. I have yet to complete my reading so need to get on that. The month has just flown by. I’ll post another update in early January after our discussion.
My grandma, Libbie Brouk Holik with my first-born in 2001.