Preservation pays off—read stories of family discoveries people have made due to the preservation efforts of others.
Piles of old documents sitting around in the attic. Old family keepsakes gathering dust. Each piece of your family’s past has a story to tell, but unfortunately, these stories can be forgotten or lost if steps aren’t taken to preserve them. You can protect these precious memories from the passage of time and the effects of age and neglect, helping ensure their survival for future generations.
The following stories are just a few that people have shared about how preserving books, photos, documents, and more has brought them closer to their ancestors and helped them discover more about their past. What have you learned from a preserved family treasure.
“I’m lucky enough to have my great-grandmother’s cookbook, printed in 1890. The pastry section has several of her fingerprints in butter and added recipes in her own handwriting. The book is such a giveaway on what she cooked for her family at the turn of the last century.”
After finding Grandma’s scrapbook, I started looking more closely at the people within the pages, and I was moved by her page of the first boy she really liked. His life ended too soon, but he was not forgotten. Perhaps someday, someone in his family might like to know this little part of his life and the smile on his face, so I took the photos of the page and notes and attached them to his page on FamilySearch.org. For me, family history, no matter whose family it is, is about not being forgotten. I never knew Ronald Dangerfield. He is not part of my family, but he is not forgotten because my grandmother took the time to remember him.”
“Incredibly, I called on my dad’s aged cousin on the very day she was discarding her parents’ (my grandpa’s sister) family scrapbook, which contains many cards from their 50th wedding anniversary as well as sympathy cards from her father’s death. She didn’t think anyone cared. I fished the pages out of her trash and still have them today, years after her own death.”