As youâ€™re doing your spring cleaning, and dusting around all those family heirlooms, take photographs of them and take time to record the origins and any stories associated with them. Create an album with photographs and the histories of all your precious items. That way the stories wonâ€™t become lost as time goes by.
This image is one I took of some of my favorite heirlooms. The doll was my mother’s and bears the same name as my daughter. In front of it is my 2nd great-grandfather’s night stick and the teacup was my grandmother’s. Below the cup and saucer is my grandfather’s copy of Julius Caesar with his name and address handwritten on the inside cover.