Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Postcards are important

Why are postcards important? Well did you ever wonder for instance about the handwriting on the postcards? Have you ever looked at a postcard and notice the date?
Well this week I received a photo of two Postcards from Richiboucto Village sent to Gardner Massachusstts. there was no date on the postcards but it was written by a first cousin of my grandfather which now gives me another line to trace and inquire about.
And did you know at one time our ancestors had photos taken and it was on a postcard? Well I was looking in my old photos last week for some new found cousins and I found this gentleman who was the brother of my great grandfather and I turned the photo around and it was a postcard but the best of it, was that on the back was some writing. And guess what? It was written by my grandfather, who was probably writing to his mother or brother and on that postcard it said that his uncle was a very nice man and that he had offered to let my grandfather stay there until he got a job. What a nice thing to have as a souvenir. My grandfather's handwriting. I have never met my grandfather, he died way before I was born.
So before you throw away old postcards, see if you can find out anything about the photos and the people who wrote on the back. You never know what you will find.
Genealogy is finding the history of our ancestors as well as their names ,dates of births, marriages and death. Their lives were more than that, they had families, they had problems, they worked hard, some had jobs, some were talented, some were not, some were muscians , others good at something else, but it is a great feeling to put as much as we can about them along with our genealogy. I found out my grandfather died of Lupus , I have a nephew who has lupus, does it follow down the lines? My grandmother had crippling or rhematoid Arthritis, so has Mom. If you do not know about your grandparents but if you know things about your parents, mark those down in your family tree , so that it will help future generations to find the information and it will save them a lot of time, such as we are doing now trying to find out about our grandparents. I found out my grandmother used to follow my grandfather into Lumber camps at one time or another and she used to cut the lumbermen's hair for 25cents a cut and she used to cook for them too. Again things to pass down to my grandchildren and great grandchildren if I am lucky enough to have some.
On another note, I have added a few more names in my Chartersville Road (Our lady of Calvary) Cemetery page at www.acadian-roots.com I have lots more to add.
Our Bergeron-Damboise reunion is getting nearer and things are falling into place, it should be a very nice and fun time.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Have a great day
Aline

6 comments:

Lori E said...

I have some signatures from the past on marriage, baptismal and burial record copies and I know they are as close as I will get to a photograph of my ancestors.

lindalee said...

When I decided to blog for the postcard carnivals, I thought it would be somewhat difficult since I don't collect them....but I found that some of the photos in my various albums were photo postcards. Unfortunately, none of mine were actually written on and sent...just saved for the picture value.

alineskee said...

there are also some postcards with only photos in my collection too.
But on some postcards can be found lots of helpful information some times.
Aline

Pearl Maple said...

So very true.
Thank you for sharing this reminder with the Festival of Postcards.
The humble postcard can tell so much about the times and places that our family and friends may get to.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Greetings Aline,
Thanks for taking part in the Festival of Postcards.
You can find your entry over here:
http://acanadianfamily.com/2009/07/29/a-festival-of-postcards-3rd-ed-signs/
Evelyn in Montreal

Sheila said...

Your post really does ring a bell for me. I'm trying to sort out my mother's papers, photos and cards, and I'm very much aware that it's down to me to preserve as much information for future generations as possible. Thank you for your timely reminder.