E is for ephemera.
Ephemera can be a very important part of family history. I am lucky enough to have had a great-grandmother that saved all kinds of ephemera. She saved postcards, letters, genealogy notes, greeting cards, even an old embroidery catalog, and of course photos.
If she hadn't saved these things, I would never have known about the mystery man in her life before she married my great-grandfather. I also learned quite a bit from this 1918 letter she received about the death of her brother.
I was also lucky enough to find a shoe box full of ephemera that my grandma Smedley had saved. This ephemera included tax papers, letters, court documents, mortgage receipts, etc.
So you've got to know by now that I save everything. See, I have this little treasure box full of old movie tickets, wristbands, and even airline tickets. They are little pieces of my life and I know that someday at least one of my descendants will jump up and down to have them.
You can also make awesome scrapbooks with your ephemera.
The following is a list (but not limited to) of ephemera you should look to for clues in discovering your family history as well as saving for your future descendants:
- News clippings
- Wedding, birth, and graduation announcements
- Funeral cards
- Greeting Cards
- Event tickets or programs
- Airline tickets
- Pay Stubs
- Recipe cards
- Business cards
So now it's your turn to join Gould's 'Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge' and tell me what you think E stands for.