Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - I Know I'm Extremely Lucky


Almost every family reunion clipping!
I know I'm extremely lucky to have these.  I'm lucky to have them in my possession and I'm lucky that my husband's paternal grandmother put these together.  They are a true treasure.  One that I let collect dust for far too long!

A few years ago my mother-in-law passed on to me several family artifacts, including these two books.  I was delighted to be given them, but life got in the way of me doing anything with them, so I put them aside and kept telling myself that I would get back to them soon.

Pages and pages of obituaries
As I mentioned before, I attended my first Scanfest on June 26th and had a blast.  I had a box of clippings to scan and got through them all.  They were clippings that had fallen out of the pages of these scrapbooks.  When I got done with these loose clippings, I was "in the zone" and didn't want to stop.  I pulled the scrapbooks out and began paging through them.  I found so many important obituaries and wedding announcements that I wanted to kick myself for not getting to them earlier.

And pages of wedding/engagement announcements!
I had to stop eventually to spend time with the hubby and kids (after all, I do this all for them), but I'm going to make sure I put a little time each day to preserving these albums.  I could scan them, but the pages are already falling out of the books, so I will most likely use my camera to capture the data.  It will be worth it in the end.

I've got less than 2 weeks before heading back to Pennsylvania on vacation with the family (and to do some research...gotta have my fun too!).  We'll see how much I can get done.  I'll be set for Wedding Wednesday, Military Monday and Sunday's Obituary until about 2015!

Have fun tending those roots!  I love this stuff!!!

Military draftees and service members...

...Some never came home.


  1. Yes, you are very lucky! My great aunt prepared the same type of scrapbooks, but she donated them to the local historical society. I have to go there to see them, but at least they exist. On a side note, I bought a scrapbook at an antique store that is the exact same as the one in your photo. Must have been a popular style!

  2. Maybe she donated it because she was afraid that no one would carry on her work? You're right, least it exists. Then you just have to figure out which ones are family and which are friends. :) Thanks for the comment!

  3. Wow, what a treasure! I know there are jewels such as this at my mother's house, I just need to spend some time there and find them.

  4. You are definitely lucky!!! What a treasure to have that all together. :)

  5. Sounds like you need a Flip-Pal! :)

    I am completely jealous of you right now, Cheryl. That's just fantastic that you even have those. Such a gift!

  6. Oh my how wonderful are those scrapbooks!! You are incredibly fortunate to have those, Cherie!!