Challenge

Week 2 and the word is “challenge”.

Researching any ancestor is challenging, and in nearly every one of their stories, there is that message of overcoming life’s challenges to succeed. I have to admit my own personal challenge when it comes to family history is much simpler, a cupboard full of photos and ephemera that need to be sorted, recorded and appropriately stored.

Instead of just thinking of them as just another job that needs to be done I need to remember how lucky I am to have these pictures and other pieces of family history that have been handed down over the years. The oldest pieces I have are a pair of Lithgow Pottery serving plates from the mid-1800s that belonged to my great grandmother. Now I think about it I can’t believe that not only have I not made a record of their history but I haven’t even photographed them!

My father and mother had many old family photos some that are deteriorating because of the glue and other storage methods that were used.  I don’t even want to mention my own family photos that have just been bundled into shoe boxes without any thought. They all represent over a century of family memories, and they need to be treated with respect.

At least I can say I have started by looking up sites on how to store photos. The ones I found most useful are:
https://www.archives.gov/preservation/family-archives/storing
http://www.naa.gov.au/information-management/managing-information-and-records/preserving/photographs.aspx

Time to face up to the challenge and get all the photos and memories safely stored and into a format that is easy to share and celebrate!