My colleague Javier showed me an article in the Spanish magazine Zankyou, which discusses marriage as the merging of two family trees, and therefore the perfect occasion to honor our ancestors.
The article suggests some very original ways to not only think about those relatives who have passed on, but actually incorporate genealogy in our wedding celebrations.
One way is with jewelry. Some people choose to wear a special family heirloom, like a brooch, others use their ancestors' rings as their own wedding bands.
Artist Ashley Gilreath takes it one step further. Ashley specializes in creating pieces that fuse heirlooms with their story, and like the necklace below, with genealogy.
Today's poll is about the things we treasure and are entrusted with by our ancestors.
Family heirlooms hold important values for all of us, whether it is a box of old black-and-white photographs or a priceless dinner service. We recognise the value of these possessions in preserving our individual family histories.
Let us know about your family's current heirloom status: