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I just got home from spending two days with my mom, and of that about eight hours sorting and scanning photos. Came across the name Tricia Jo on a couple photos of a little girl but mom had no idea who she was so filed in the box of unknowns. The next night I found another, mentioned it to mom, she tells me that's my cousin Patty . Moms side of the family used their middle names part of their lives, multiply generations back, so that can make it hard to keep track of. I know if someone met my mom before or after she was married by what name they use to address her by.
I found out that when one of my mom's aunt pasted, mom and a couple of her cousins cleared out her home, one cousin got there ahead of everyone else, just started throwing stuff in the garbage...including all the photos.......grrrrr
one cousin got there ahead of everyone else, just started throwing stuff in the garbage...including all the photos.......grrrrr
You'd be totally justified in castigating her severely. Sigh.
I have a cousin, the son of my aunt who did a MAJOR genealogical research project into her parents (i.e. my maternal grandparents) heritage. She hired a well known and reliable Russian researcher who had access to documents and files in Russia. (My mother's people originally came from Germany in the 1770s, when the entire village emigrated to the Volga River area of Russia at the behest of Catherine the Great.) This aunt gave me a copy of the German/Russian family tree chart and family group sheets before she died.
When she *did* die, after the funeral, I approached my cousin, who had inherited my aunt's house, along with all of its furnishings and items in storage in the attic, if it was possible **at some future date that was convenient for him** could he please go through his Mom's family stuff and let me have copies? Or if he wasn't interested in them (I knew he was not), could I just please have them? yeah, yeah, yeah .. a definite brush-off from my cousin.
I let it rest a couple of months and then emailed him. No reply. I contacted his older sister, whom I a closer with, and asked about the papers. I knew that she wasn't interested in her Mom's research either. But she said that her brother couldn't care less about their Mom's stuff. It was scattered all over the attic and he just was NOT NOT NOT interested in going into the attic to bundle the papers up into boxes for anyone. I then *called* my cousin and offered to drive up there (at least a 4 hour drive for me) and go through the papers myself ... if he would just let me have access. Nope. No way. He simply was not interested.
Sigh. I can only imagine what photos my aunt had and what documents. She was HUGE into genealogy. Since my cousins are my age, I have no viable expectation of "inheriting" any of those documents/photos in my lifetime. And once *I'm* dead, there won't be any one in that family line who would be interested. I know all that paperwork will get tossed.
Well ... gotta let it go because this is a situation that I have absolutely no control over. Darned annoying though.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:
And once *I'm* dead, there won't be any one in that family line who would be interested.
you should make provisions in your will to ship all of your research and your scrapbooks to the Mormon Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City. My aunt put one of our family books there (it was fun to find it in the library) They take stuff even if you are not Mormon...
Wow! What interesting stories! It has been many years since I've messed with Ancestry.com. Get the holidays over with and I may have to do some more checking out. And Newspapers,com sounds good too. Thanks for the encouragement. We did find out on Ancestry that one of DH's greaty greats was sent to Newcastle prison in London for some minor offence. We surmised that he did it to be sent to America because when the prison got too crowded, they would ship them to America. His way of getting over, I guess. Thank you for sharing your stories.
So sad your cousin is being pigheaded about sharing those old photos and documents. Seems like most families have "one of those". I have one of those cousins like that. She would tell me about all the photos and documents she had, but she certainly wouldn't share ( too hard to look for). She was also a hoarder and a bit off her rocker. She would rather pitch things than share. When her nephews went through her house after she went into the nursing home, they looked hard for the photos and stuff but found nothing. Grrrr...
I don't know how long it's been since you originally reached out to your cousin, if it's been a few years you might try again. He might have come to realize that at some point he's going to have to or hire someone to clean out that attic if he's ever going to sell the house. Unless he's planning on making it his forever home, than other family will have to clean it out.
I thought you were going to applique that whole piece of smooshed hexies onto a background. Then you wouldn't need more hexies around the edges, although a green might look nice. I remember you starting this.
Suze (casuzenn) said:
the Mormon Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City
They are also in the process of digitalizing all the info and anyone can have access. Good for anyone researching.
Yeah, the plan is to still applique all the smooshed hexies onto a background, but I think I want a less zig-zaggy edge at this point.
I *also* made a basic mistake when I was constructing the very first row but didn't discover the error until a couple of rows in .. when I was wondering why the heck the hexies weren't lining up as I expected. It turned out that on that very first row, I didn't align the hexies in the correct orientation. Sigh. Well ... I decided just to leave it the way it was. Consider it a "design opportunity". :-)
I'm thinking that hexies, cleverly disguised as green "leaves" might add a bit of interest around the perimeter. We'll see how that goes. :-)