Are your family treasures being sold on eBay? Itâ€™s more common than you think. Make it a point to visit from time to time and search a variety of ways, including:
- Family names
- Place names (to find postcards, maps, yearbooks, etc.)
- Ethnicity (to find cookbooks, music, postcards, etc.)
- Particular items, such as â€œfamily bibleâ€
Use the advanced search function to zero in on what really interests you. When I was interested in items pertaining to the Reynolds surname, I searched on Reynolds and family, but excluded Burt, so I wasnâ€™t inundated with Burt Reynolds memorabilia. Up popped an 1809 Bible for a Reynolds family from Wales.
And try limiting your search by category. As of the moment Iâ€™m writing this, “family bible” turns up 457 hits, but restricting it to the antiques category takes that down to a manageable ten items–including family Bibles for the Rathbone, Southwell, and Schofield families.
Finally, try searching surnames of interest coupled with the word genealogy. This will often reveal assorted family histories, many of which are out of print.