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Thursday, December 30th, 2010 06:40 pm
Took my Flip-pal on the road today. All of 15 minutes up the interstate to my aunt's house.

I have lots of aunts. But this is an aunt who has, for 30 years, had physical custody of every family photo, news clipping, obituary, letter, or court document belonging to her parents.

For safe-keeping. From her brother and sisters, it would appear. Kind of a gatekeeper, as it were.

Last summer, I thought it would be a good idea to get all the stuff she had and bring it home to scan. Another aunt let that idea come up in conversation.

It was a wonderful idea! For about 8 hours or so.

Then, it was not a good idea...well, not right now.

Last week, I decided it was time to get serious about getting the stuff copied - and now, I didn't have to move anything out of my aunt's house. Backing up my Flip-pal with two digital cameras, I was completely portable and self-sufficient.

It took a week and five lengthy phone conversations.

My aunt enjoyed herself. We took a lunch break and went into town to eat.

She is now very into the "sharing" of family history, and says she is sure there is other stuff tucked away in closets.

So I will be going back again.

And sharing what I think is a really cool photo I got today. Finally, a photo of Julia Ann (Callaway) McBrayer Herrington, without a kid sitting on her lap. Her husband, Jasper Monroe Herrington, is standing next to her. It's the only photo of him that I have.


They were my great-grandparents.

And another, different photo of my grandmother, Addie Louise (Herrington) Burris. (Her parents above.)


Happy dance...
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Friday, December 31st, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Cheering from the sidelines! Have you considered getting to work on reconciling the Koreas?
Friday, December 31st, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)

At times, I think that might have been easier...
Friday, December 31st, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Congrats on the first of many happy scanning afternoons.
Friday, December 31st, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
What great photos! Can't wait to see the rest.
Maybe you have given our eccentric aunt something new to obsess about? You know - "Raymond" and all.

Happy dancing for you-
Friday, December 31st, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
I think your great-grandmother looks absolutely adorable! And I'm sure she must have been a really great grandmother if she was always holding children. So did you scan both of these photos with your Flip-pal or did you photograph them?
Sorry to add my name and link here but my comments always seem to show up as "Anonymous."
Nancy from My Ancestors and Me
Friday, December 31st, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
I used the Flip Pal for these photos.

Nancy, when you comment, you can use open ID and choose for your blog url to be displayed.

After a few comments, it should kind of default to that for you. (When I comment on yours and use open ID it always defaults to Livejournal for me.)
Friday, December 31st, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
What a way to go. And boy are you lucky to have all those photos and documents to scan. The fact that the aunt lives so close is a blessing as well. What do they think of this modern technology?
Friday, December 31st, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
She didn't understand how it worked, but she could see that it worked.

So overall, I think she was impressed. Especially since the stuff didn't have to leave her house.