Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

For which family heirloom are you most thankful? How did you acquire this treasure and what does it mean to you and your family?

My Mom died in 1999, and a few years later my Dad gave an old red photo album that had belonged to her. It was tattered and tired, and I don’t remember ever seeing it before that day.

I sat down on the floor and opened the album and broke out into a huge smile! This album contained page after page of family photographs, the oldest created in the 1880’s, all the way to the 1990’s. Most were from my Mom’s side of the family, but several pages contained images of my Dad’s ancestors. These were a special treat, as I have very few photographs of my Dad’s family!

And the best thing about this incredible collection? Most of the photographs were taken on the spur of the moment, not staged or posed. Just regular people, living their lives. Here are just a few:

Yes, the guy with the bear is my Dad. As kids, we had always heard the story of my Dad wrestling a bear, but thought it was just a tall tale. Well, Folks, it actually happened!

P. S. The bear won… :)

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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