This summer, I have had the privilege of sitting with my father-in-law and niece, and going through family photos. My niece and I will hand my father-in-law a photo, he will sit back, tell us who’s in the photo and the say, ” i have a story to tell you.” We try to take as many notes of these stories as we can. We know that if we don’t record this history now, we may never have the chance again.
Here are some tips in preserving your family history:
First, make sure you spend time with your loved ones. You never know how long we will have them in our lives. Get them talking, it is so much fun listening to their stories. Take lots of notes, or record them audibly.
Second, go through your old photos and label them, not just the names of the people in the photos, but the dates, ages and a bit about what is happening in the photo.
Third, make sure that you store your photos safely. All too often, we put them in a cardboard box and put them on a shelf in the garage. Moisture and heat will damage the photos. Store them in an airtight plastic storage container and label the boxes. Store them in a cool, dry place off the ground, so that water doesn’t get to them. Better yet, put them into photo albums and store them inside your home, where you can see them and enjoy them.
My kids and grand baby throughly enjoyed snuggling together and looking at the albums.
Blessing to you,