Thursday, January 29, 2009

Organizing My 'Blog Food Box'

After a busy day at my "real job" I hurried home tonight to tackle this box I brought home from my Dad's house. I rifled through it hurriedly last week and found myself sneezing from dust and paper particles. The cardboard box was giving me FITS! So I bought an inexpensive plastic container to temporarily place the contents in. I transferred things into it and tried to pull it over near me in "my chair". So much for cheap--the handle came right off in my hand!

But I persevered. Tonight I went through everything piece by piece and sorted it according to which family member it referenced.

I found my parents' high school year books, papers from when my mom and dad bought their first house in 1947. My dad and step-mother's high school diplomas (1940 and 1942). I even found the paper issued to my parents when my twin brother and I were dismissed from the hospital 2 weeks after our birth in 1947! My dad kept his high school report cards and they're in this box. Church dedication programs, obituaries, funeral cards, letters, newspaper clippings, invitations, greeting name it, it's in this box.

I'm going to scan and blog about many of the papers before I start going through hundreds of photographs. That will be the easy task. Properly storing these keepsakes is going to be the challenge for me. My work is cut out for me, isn't it!

I'm so grateful my dad was a "keeper". It'll be fun to sit down with him soon and go through these things and note his comments! What memories these things will stir.


Cindy said...

Becky - I'm sooooo jealous! I can't wait to see what you find in all that treasure! Have fun with it! I found a similar box at my grandmothers this past summer, which she happily gave me, full of documents, prayer books, misc items from her parents and my grandfather's. All sorts of history that I've been busily adding to. I think we should all do a column about blog food - what a cool idea! thanks for sharing your box!

Taylorstales-Genealogy said...

Wow, I am glad you have moved that "blog food box" into a better container. The process of sorting is always fun but time consuming. I too found a small box a number of years ago that I normally would have ignored because it was marked "china" and I didn't need another set. One day I thought what the heck and opened it and surprise! I found a small number of treasures!
I too can't wait to see and hear about all the wonderful treasures you discover!

Genealogy Blogger said...

Becky, Thank you for writing about this and inspiring me to do the same with the 11 boxes I brought back from my mother's apartment after death last week.

I think your idea of a plastic tub is terrific! I'm enjoying reading about your finds.