Very excited to begin going through the “Very Old Genealogy Letters, Notes & Stuff” box. I am calling it that because Dad labeled it as such. Due to the large amount of dust and mold on the contents I had to begin the process outside hoping the fresh air would stop an allergy attack. No such luck as I now sit here with major sinus pain. My teeth actually hurt. Hopefully I didn’t breathe in anything too horrible. In an earlier post I joked about needing a mask. No longer a joke. The dust/mold combo on these old papers is a biohazard. I was able to throw out the moldy envelopes and move things into new folders, but will need a better plan once I am ready to start scanning items and filing them.
The contents of the box were eclectic and unorganized. The most interesting thing to me is seeing the thought processes that go into other people’s research. Particularly research that was started prior to computers. Most of the items were my Dad’s Uncle John’s work. There are notes and research written on grocery bags and receipts. More photos, notebooks, more negatives, an old tornado insurance policy, cotton and tobacco receipts, letters, postcards.
Other interesting finds were old scans or negative photo images (not really sure how they were made). These scans appear to be from an old family Bible that I don’t think exists any longer. (There is a really moldy Bible in the hope chest but believe it is from the Wilson family.) There are also keepsake items that belonged to my 2nd great aunt Bedie Wilson.
John Lax was deeply interested in the roots of his Primitive Baptist faith and he researched his local church and its origins. There is even an original church letter dated 1851 among the box items. It will take me awhile to figure out how best to keep all this research organized and where it fits into the overall family history.
If you are reading this on your computer (don’t think it works on mobile) you should be able to click on the photos above and see the images in a larger format. Definitely some interesting reading and the Bible images in particular are priceless records.
I will continue going through the assorted items from Dad’s cabin. It is a treasure hunt and a challenge. Once I finish the initial sorting process and know what all is there I can begin scanning and archiving the documents. Once everything is scanned it will be easier to share the documents with family and other researchers. Hoping these items will help me break through some brick walls in my own research. I will definitely be purchasing dust masks before continuing though. 🙂