Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories: Family Bible of Paul & Evelyn Bryan

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When “heirlooms” aren’t identified, and their stories never told, then they often become items that are tossed or sold – as they have no history, no ties to the family. So take the time to identify your family heirlooms history and memories so your treasures aren’t tossed in the trash. They are just as valuable as your family photographs and also need to be documented. Sometimes it’s not even the value of the item in question; it’s the story which holds the value.

Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories:

Family Bible of Paul & Evelyn Bryan

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In growing up, I don’t think I ever saw her bible, but I treasure it now for the priceless information Grandmamma Bryan wrote inside. It was sent to me, by my great uncle, Gordon Bryan, my grandfather’s brother. He settled their estate and decided as I’ve done the family history, that it should reside with me.

It arrived unexpectedly one day and I immediately sat down to look through – as you never know what you’ll find in the family Bible. I didn’t find any handwritten notes until I reached the middle – Grandmamma had written names and dates of their parents and information on my father and his history in the Navy.

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Having the name written of her father, Eugene Little, was one of my only confirmations of his actual name. I’ve searched for him on Ancestry in census records, but no luck as of yet; I don’t where he died or is buried, just speculations.

Another interesting written note was ~ Grandmamma wrote both their social security numbers down and the date that social security was first taken out. I guess she took note that the government was now taking some of her money. Knowing her, she would have been concerned about that, as she kept track of all their money.

Click Friday Night Family Heirlooms to read more stories…

Family Heirloom Bloggers:

I started a Family Heirloom challenge in November 2015 asking fellow bloggers to join me in telling the stories of their family heirlooms. Writing the stories of the family heirlooms I’ve been entrusted with, has been on my mind for a long time; the time is now and I plan to write their stories on a weekly basis.

Please check out the weekly Family Heirloom stories of…

Blogger: Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
Blogger: Karen Biesfeld at Vorfahrensucher
Blogger: Kendra Schmidt at trekthrutime
Blogger: Linda Stufflebean at Empty Branches on the Family Tree
Blogger:  Schalene Jennings Dagutis at Tangled Roots and Trees
Blogger: True Lewis at Notes to Myself
Blogger: Vera Marie Badertscher at Ancestors in Aprons                              Blogger: Heather Lisa Dubnick at  Little Oak Blog
Blogger: Kathy Rice at
Blogger: Mary Harrell-Sesniak at  Genealogy Bank Heirlooms Blog
Blogger: Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme for 2015 Week 24 was Heirlooms. Check out her Blog at –  52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 24 Recap  for links to more Heirloom posts.


© 2015 Jeanne Bryan Insalaco


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