Give a gift for the ages and be like Lillian

It’s here. The gift-giving suggestion time of year is upon us.

Stores, museums and non-profits may fill your mailbox and inbox with all kinds of ideas for the people in your life.

Here's an idea, give a gift for the ages!

With deference to the museum namesake, Lillian E. Jones, I am sending out a series of Christmas season blog posts that she might have appreciated. I can’t and won’t speak for her, but I can tell you what she did.

She labeled photos.

She labeled slides.

She didn’t keep a diary but she did keep detailed financial records that are like a diary since she was a frugal woman of Welsh descent. She recorded her expenses on her many, many trips overseas, thus telling us what she did and where she went. She even recorded Christmas and birthday gifts in her financial records.

She was generous to children.

She was generous to her church and her community.

So in the spirit of Christmas, both the gift-giving and the busyness, I will present a series of blog posts that can help with both and make you the greatest gift giver in your family tree - give a gift for the ages!

Keep watching and reading as November turns into December.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Karen T wrote:
I love that Ms. Jones labeled her photos and what a gift that is to future generations. I collect old photos and postcards and also sell these items on Ebay. My husband recently purchased a bunch of early 1900's era photos, many of which were written on the back with the subjects' names. Since I also love genealogy, I searched my Ancestry.com account with some of the names I found on the photos. I was able to find a person who was researching the family tree of a man in many of the photos. I sent her a message through the Ancestry web page and she responded that the man was her grandfather. She was thrilled when I offered to mail them to her home in WA. So, because of a thoughtful person who labeled their photos, a stack of photos that meant nothing to me were able to make their way "home" for the next generation to cherish. Makes me wonder what will happen someday to the 1,000's of unlabeled digital photos stored on my computer.

Wed, November 20, 2013 @ 1:37 PM

2. Megan Malone wrote:
Well Karen, take time and teach your children well...have them label the photos stored on your computer!

(and then do a backup)

I commend you on your efforts to reunite photograph postcards with their descendants. That effort makes you a history hero in the eyes of the Jones Museum. I suspect Miss Jones would agree.

Wed, November 20, 2013 @ 1:49 PM

3. Ramchandra wrote:
So excited I found this article as it made things much queirck!

Sat, March 21, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

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