Hunting For Family Heirlooms
9/24/2012
Use this five-step process to get cracking on finding your ancestral treasures.
Hunters often return home with trophies for their living rooms, perhaps a black bear rug or the head of an eight-point buck. To sportsmen, these trophies are meaningful mementos, bringing to mind successful outings and establishing an identity as provider, protector or conqueror.
 
Genealogists have trophies, too, albeit gentler ones. We put an ancestor’s photo in a place of honor, drape an heirloom quilt in the bedroom or hang well-worn carpenter’s tools over the fireplace. In doing so, we remind ourselves of loved ones and identify with our ancestors