Look Close at those Family Letters
In one of my first blogs I posted something about having accumulated thousands of letters, documents and photos throughout the years. Some of these I won on eBay others I found at auctions, garage sales and even some from my own family. I wanted to talk about the process of scanning and the importance of saving these wonderful treasures but first I wanted to share something. I’ve scanned everything from birthday cards to letters of joy and those of sympathy. While scanning them I noticed a hidden treasure that some of us might miss. Here take for instance something that was written in a letter I scanned last week:
“Sorry to hear about the passing of your Aunt Meredith last week. I’m sure it was hard for your mom being that it was two days before Christmas and all. Kristy and I were going to come by your house after the services but mom said she was worried about all the snow and ice. Did you and Robbie go to bingo or the USO dance? I think he’s truly got eyes for you and only you, no matter who he dances with.”
From this section of the letter you can see, Aunt Meredith died on the 23rd of December. Sara, who received the letter, her mother is still living. Kristy and Beth are friends of Sara’s. During this time in December there was snow and ice. Sara lives somewhere close to a USO. Where there is a USO you have military personal and possible a military base. Plus let’s not forget Sara has a possible crush on Robbie, he could possibly be in the military.
Worth a Second Look
Don’t be in a hurry to dismiss the “filler” in a letter, you might just miss something interesting and important. Always take time to read the letters of your ancestors more than once, you might have missed something the first time. Plus don’t forget to take a special look at the envelopes the letters are mailed in. Look at the postmark, where is it from, what is the date.
I want to extend an invitation to all of you who follow my blog. Tomorrow, Saturday, December 1st, I will be on FGS Radio – My Society, hosted by Randy Whited. I’m truly thrilled and honored to be part of this and have the opportunity to discuss my love and experience with genealogy and my recent appearance on “How the States Got Their Shapes”. I hope you can listen in and I look forward to hearing your feedback. Just click on the link above and enjoy.
Hidden Treasures Inside Letters