Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

Blast from the past

The snail mail package, was indeed, a shocking surprise. It was the history of my maternal grandfather's family! My second cousin's wife (grandpa's brother's son's wife) has been big into genealogy forever. Turns out between her side of her family and her husband's (my Mom's cousin) side of her family, she amassed file cabinets that take up 500 square feet of space.

So her daughter had them all digitized.

And today I got a book about Grandpa's father's branch plus a thumb drive with all the documents and photos.


I'm really not that interested, in general, in genealogy. It's fun to conjure on what things were like when my grandma was a girl but that's about the extent of it. However... this package is just full of fascinating stuff. Pictures I'd never seen. Others I hadn't seen in forever and a day.

I spent about an hour just going through one folder. Finding a letter my Mom wrote to her cousin (they were very tight growing up) in 1984. And details I didn't know. I always thought Grandma was born in 1900 but, turns out, she was born 3 years earlier.

My Mom lost her first husband and her brother both in 1944 in World War II. I had known that but not the exact timing.

Many more hours of perusal yet to come. What a treat. My hand written (fountain pen - my Mom raised me right) thank you notes are written addressed, and stamped waiting for the mail tomorrow.

This journal will be full of old family shit in the weeks to come but for now...

MHE Scan Log # 2483

On the left is my Mom's brother, Billy. Then their cousin Johnny (whose wife did all the work and whose daughter organized and digitized) and then cousin David (who was Johnny's brother and Mom's best friend) and Mom. I'm thinking this was probably 1930sh.

[Edit: found more info. Photo is 1931. And that's not David, not Johnny next to Billy. Johnny is the little runt that Mom is protecting. I should have known that since David was the oldest. Doh. BTW, that little runt grew up to be a prominent eye surgeon in Dallas.]
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