People often ask me where do I find the stories and photographs I use in my blog and in my jewelry.
My best advice for finding family photographs and stories?
Your Parents, Grandparents, Third cousins, First cousins twice removed, Aunts, Uncles.....
I just started asking my close family members, my extended family and other family researchers for photographs and stories. When I interview extended family members I ask if they have any photographs to share. I often take digital photographs of their collections. I have yet to meet anyone who was reluctant to share.
|This is a digital photograph taken of the original photograph.|
It is not unusual to find me at my kitchen table with any number of photographs spread out while I work to sort and organize and even identify the photographs. My children will ask who someone is or comment on the "funny" hairstyle and I use that opportunity to share a bit of the person's story.
That's part of how I started making the photo charm jewelry and home decor items. It is an opportunity to share a bit of a person's story and spark an interest within the current generations in their heritage.
I think I'll go with the first option.