A few years ago, my grandmother gave me a shoebox filled with some of her mother’s heirlooms and photos. I looked through it briefly, but had then forgotten about it until last month.
My grandmother had told me stories about her childhood, but these photo discoveries really brought my family history to life. I finally got to put faces to those stories I had heard over the past few years, and to see my family heritage displayed in front of me.
Last week I sat with my grandmother and together we looked through these family memories. As we viewed each photo and heirloom, she began to tell stories she hadn't mentioned before about the people and events in each picture.Old photographs not only bring back nostalgia for those looking back at their history, but can also teach the younger generation more about their ancestors and where they come from.
However, storing these precious family heirlooms stuffed in boxes can be highly perishable. Old photos can be taken from us via disasters, or they may discolor and fade over time as they are forgotten. It’s important to protect them and digitally preserve those memories.
Why don’t you upload, scan and share those family memories today on your family tree at MyHeritage? It’s a great way to grow your online family tree and keep them safe for future generations to learn about their family heritage.
Have you found any old family photos recently? What stories have you learned from those old pictures? Let us know in the comments below!