So the point of today's post is: Go through old photo albums with an older family member and WRITE DOWN anything they can remember - names, places, dates, stories...anything! I WISH I would have sat down with my Italian grandmother before she passed away and asked her who these people were and if she had any knowledge of where they had lived, but I was only a teenager then and hadn't been bitted yet by the genealogy bug. And even if you are somebody MY age, go through your parents' old photo albums/shoeboxes from the 70s and 80s and do the same thing. Those photos may not seem 'old' to us, but they will be to our children and grandchildren someday. (And, accept it people, 1972 was FORTY years ago.) And now, with digital photos, be sure to have an adequate data backup system for your hard drive, arrange the photo files in chronological folders, and try to include names in each individual photo file name. Your great-grandchildren will thank you some day.
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