Make Note of Info on Holiday Greetings
It’s that time of year again when we put away Christmas decor for another year. However, take another look at those Christmas letters and notes on cards before you discard or file them. We’ve found them to be full of great bits of information to add to the “notes’ section in our family files. Births, deaths, weddings, graduations, college, even the new automobile, plus other events from the past year will help make the family come to life for the next generation.
I wanted to share with your readers a discovery I recently made that has provided me with an incredible look at my past. After my parents passed on, I was sorting some of the old pictures they had kept. I came across more than 600 old negatives–some more than seventy years old–and was curious as to what they contained.
The thought (and cost) of having prints made was daunting until I came across a wonderful company called DigMyPics.com (www.digmypics.com). I shipped them the negatives and they returned a CD, a DVD, and a thumbnail album for all 604 pictures. They even provide a personal website where I can view and manage my collection. They kept me posted with e-mails all along the way of the process and are the nicest folks you would ever want to deal with. I now have an amazing story of my family that could not have been obtained elsewhere and many new leads for further research.
Norman B. Buckman
Search for Middle Names
When searching census records, check for the middle name of a male. You’ll find some use the middle name as first name. Also in my searching Iâ€™ve learned to check for a Frank=Francis and vice versa.
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