I love scanning and taking digital photos of family mementos, then importing them into my genealogy software program. They make such a great addition to the reports I print and sent along to family members. Some of the items I’ve imported are a Valentine sent to my dad sometime in the 1920s, one of my grandmother’s dance cards, and a factory badge that belonged to my grandfather.
Lately, I’ve been looking for items that depict scenes where my family lived. Just today I was on eBay, bidding on an early 19th-century postcard of St. Joseph, Mo., (my hometown), and Shelbyville, Ind. (where my great-great-grandfather was married). For me, these kinds of items really bring family to life.
What else can you scan or photograph? Military records, a wedding dress, v-mails, jewelry, china, silverware, perfume bottles, military decorations or a family Bible. I even plan to photographing some of my grandmother’s hankies. Why? Because I can’t remember her ever being without one.
For info on finding old postcards (a fabulous addition to your family history reports), visit these sites:
Search by locale or even surname.
Search for postcards
• Vintage Postcards From Around the World
• Postcards from the Past