Most of us who have searched old newspapers have run across the long list of names typically published in the 19th century, informing readers that mail was waiting for certain individuals. (It has often made me wonder who sent those letters to my ancestor and what did they say?!) Well, in the Netherlands a trunk full of undelivered letters from the late 17th and early 18th centuries has been found. Experts have big plans for making the content available to the world. Some researchers are going to have quite a score! Read what’s happening!
We know him as a statue, a face on quarters and dollar bills, and portraits. But to know him, and his wife, Martha, better as people, an effort is being made to locate unknown letters from each of them. Read about it here:
Everyone of us has some family history Holy Grail out there. For 24 years, I have been aware that a ancient Fisher family Bible existed… at least HAD existed. In tracking forward from my great-great grandfather through one particular branch of his descendants, I knew where the Bible should have ended up. The single man in California I thought should have it shared some treasures with me back in 1991, but he was unaware of any such item being in his possession. Recently, I learned he passed away over a year ago. I located the person who handled his personal possessions and found out she had his family memorabilia. The box he left it in had cluttered her home since his death, and she was thrilled to ship the entire box to me. But before she did, she made it clear… there was no Bible. As you’ll see from the photos, there were daguerreotype and ambrotype photos, old letters, and… she was wrong… the family PAGES from the Bible, which had been removed from the book decades ago and placed in a folder! They date back to the 1840s, and my name line immigrant ancestor. The man in the photo with me is photo expert Ron Fox, who joined me for the opening of the box. Fisher
There is nothing more fun and meaningful as a family historian (of any level) to help someone discover their past. One woman tried over 30 years to do just that, and finally has had success!
Rarely will you find so practical and detailed an article on preserving your paper memorabilia. Here’s one to bookmark:
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