Friday, July 13, 2012

Project Family History

My family seems to have been very good at taking pictures,

not so good at getting them into albums.

Or writing the who, where, why, what and when on the back of each photo.

When I left the farm I brought everything with me.

I had to use this wall organizer for the hundreds of loose photos.

Each pocket has a title like  Mom, Dad, Dad War, 1950s, 1960s, Farm, etc.

My mother's albums were fairly easy to put together.

I am familiar with the people and places.

I really enjoyed this.

Here she is as a young woman in her backyard

in downtown St. Catharines, probably in the 1930s.

Her father's family came to this area from the US

because of the American Revolution.

I'm very proud of my U.E. status.

This is the contents of the Dad, War pocket which I'm working on now.

Unfortunately he didn't write much of the back of his pictures.

And none of the places and people are familiar to me.

His sister did save all of the post cards he sent home.

Most just tell his family that he is well.

Some items are easy to identify but I have no idea of the story behind this.

Maybe that's a good thing.

Some people are easy to identify.

He was stationed in the Caribbean before being sent to England
 in preparation for D Day so perhaps
 the Duke and Duchess of Windsor visited the troops.

The few albums that my parents had are so old the paper is crumbling.
I'm taking them apart and putting the pages in archival plastic
before I put them together again.

The old covers are astonishingly strong though.

Much like the family history found within.

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