FamilyFamily History Hidden Treasure: Family heirlooms By Esther May 9, 2014 Share Share Copy Link Family heirlooms are precious to family members and often teach us about our heritage. They provide clues about our ancestors and how they lived. Sometimes ancestral treasures are hidden and are only discovered years after they have been stashed away or hidden. When uncovered, they can reveal a wealth of information! Such is the case in the story of this grandson, who recently discovered hidden treasure when cleaning out his grandparents’ garage. What his family discovered was unbelievable! When his grandfather died a few months ago, this young man and his family went through the grandparents’ belongings. They found an old chest containing many items belonging to his great-great-grandfather (his grandfather’s grandfather), who was born in 1858. Everything in the chest was more than a century old! Inside were farming papers and advertisements; his family were farmers in Oklahoma. There were eyeglasses, photographs, and books from the early 1900s, business letters and much more. He continues to sort through the items to determine their origins and what they can tell him about his roots. There is one question, however, that still remains – why would his grandfather hide these historical artifacts and not share them with his children and grandchildren? That is a mystery that may take a long time to solve… Has anyone in your family left behind hidden treasures that were later discovered? Let us know in the comments below.