Have you ever noticed that when you mention the word “genealogy” people immediately change the subject? A brother-in-law, who has no interest in sports, will politely ask my husband how his golfing is going. He will even politely listen to the answer. But has he ever asked me how my genealogy is going? No. I guess he is afraid I will tell him.
Genealogists agree it can be a challenge injecting life into our family history, old photos, and heirlooms to make it more enjoyable for our family members to listen to the stories and learn about our ancestors.
My cousin Patricia (Dever) Greber has found a way to add warmth and life to an autograph book that is more than 125 years old. The book belonged to her great-great-grandmother’s sister, Elizabeth Norton, who was born in Quebec City in 1862. It appears she may have received it for Christmas in 1887. During the next couple of years, Elizabeth asked family and friends to write on the beautifully decorated pages. Watch and listen on Patricia’s blog, My Genealogy Life: Ancestor Hunter, how she brought the book and autographs to life. Perhaps you will even recognize a name.