A Shades Weekend

If you missed the weekend columns over at Shades of the Departed, you missed some great stuff! On Saturday, Donna Pointkouski struggled with the issue of not finding any photographs of her great-grandparents and flirted with some ideas about how she might get some–all, of course in Donna’s trademark style, helping us see The Humor of It. My column on …Continue reading →


Who Am I? Another Orphan Postcard

This photo postcard was found in family pictures in St Louis, Missouri.  Living family members do not recognize the man. He may be from St Louis, or possibly from the Southern Illinois region encompassing Randolph, St Clair, Union, Monroe, and Jackson counties. One clue as to the time frame is on the reverse side.  There around the stampbox are the …Continue reading →


Managing the Treasure Trove of Photos and Documents

So how have we been doing managing our windfall of photos and documents?  It’s going slowly as one might expect.  We’re stll “triaging.”  Some observations so far: A lot of the photographs had been saved in the worst possible way: glued to scrapbook pages covered with sticky plastic!  These will take some extra work. There is a fair amount of …Continue reading →


My Favorite Photograph

This was supposed to have been a post for the 4th Edition of Smile for the Camera at Shades of the Departed, but I missed the deadline. (Somewhere along the line, about three weeks ago, perhaps, I slid behind schedule and have been running to catch up! We’ll see what that means for the Games!). In any event, I decided …Continue reading →


Carnival Carousel: Harvesting & Sharing the Bounty

Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, I’ve been blessed with a bounteous trove of genealogical riches, nearly more than one person can handle. We’ve been slowly and carefully going through boxes of documents and photographs (and at the rate we’re going, we’re likely to spend the next 15 years at this! For this Carnival, I thought I would give you …Continue reading →


Dealing With Thousands of Photographs, etc.–Step 1

We decided as a first step to “sample” one of the boxes. There we found hundreds of photos, a number of documents, vital records (including some for living family members!), and a lot of ephemera. Here’s a partial inventory of stuff in that first box: Photographs, amounting to several hundred. Two family tree (descendancy) charts, filled out to the sixth …Continue reading →


How Do I Deal With Thousands of Photos?

My inclination is to dive right in like a kid at Christmas! But this isn’t practical for several reasons: I’m not sure how or where these were previously stored, and thus I don’t know the age or condition of most of them. I probably cannot identify many of then without family help. I still must eat and sleep. Given those …Continue reading →


More Pictures . . .

of boxes of pictures (and documents)!


ScanFest: Tell Me About It!

July’s ScanFest is tomorrow, but I can’t make it–ironically because I’ve got too many photos! I mentioned a little while ago that I was anticipating receiving a number of photos from a relative in the Midwest. By Friday, 25 July, a total of nine medium-sized moving boxes of photos and documents had arrived by mail! Today, a 5’x7’x8′ crate was …Continue reading →


Back From . . . .

Well, I return and find . . . . my mailbox is full of Facebook “Friend” requests! That’s kinda nice! Thanks, y’all! And I also found in the snail mail two boxes of photos from a relative in the Midwest–six more are coming! I can’t wait. There’s a lot to tell this weekend on GeneaBlogie . . . so stay …Continue reading →

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