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"The time has come," the Walrus said
« on: November 28, 2020, 05:59:15 pm »
"The time has come,"
 the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings."
Lewis Carroll

  As any child of the 50's, 60's and 70's will probably tell you, their lives are documented on itty bitty 2"x2" celluloid plastic slides. Mine is no exception. My father often had a camera of sorts readily available, most often his favorite 35mm. We we also had various polaroid instant cameras, Kodak pocket cameras etc. that would pop out of heaven knows where at a moments notice.  The results of all this amateur photography meant the family, and often extended family and or neighbors, and or friends, and or (you get the idea) would file into the living room (adults on the sofas and chairs, kids on the floor) and every one would watch the slides of the latest family trip, school adventure or dramatic happening usually accompanied by popped corn and kool-aide.

  My dad has case after case of these slides.  He finally found them in his Wilcox property. He also found a large trunk of odd photos and papers. I bugged him enough until he gave in and let me have the trunk. He swore up one side and down the next that there are at least two cases of slides. I went to Snowflake, AZ, yesterday and took it before he changed his mind. Bad news: no slides at all. HOWEVER The good news is this: I have the trunk in my possession and have been able to go through it (good thing too, upon returning from out of state, residents are REQUIRED to quarantine in place for 2 weeks). The box containers lots of duplicate photos of my siblings and I as we grew up AS WELL AS my parents' wedding set, both of their high school class rings, mom's passport, my dad's MasterCharge credit card dated 1969, contracts for businesses, life insurance payouts, their temple recommends that are stamped to expire in April of 1972, mom's birth and death certificate, their marriage license and their sealing certificate!  Oh, did I mention that the busted trunk also contained a HUGE amount of genealogy for both my mom and dad???. I even found a photograph of JFK as his motorcade drove past the SLC temple in September of 1963!

 My dad had no idea what was in the trunk, and really wanted to take it to the dump. He is a bit surprised that I could get it organized so quickly.

  Everything is sorted, now the real work starts. I need to enter the genealogy into Family Ancestry, then add photos of the deceased relatives. I also plan on scanning all the photos and paperwork in to my computer then putting the info onto thumb drive and getting the thumb drives out to my relatives, but first I need to name and date the photos if possible.
« Last Edit: November 28, 2020, 06:14:24 pm by Redd »
 
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Re: "The time has come," the Walrus said
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2020, 06:54:37 pm »
Redd, what a wondrous treasure trove! I'm so glad you were able to get it, and have the required time to get it organized due to quarantining. My life, like yours, was documented with slides. I hope you are able to find them. I think there are ways to convert the slides to electronic storage.
 

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Re: "The time has come," the Walrus said
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2020, 07:18:09 pm »
My grandparents traveled a LOT and had boxes and boxes of slides. My parents and one aunt and uncle have been using a special scanner at some genealogical library to scan them all, quickly and high-quality. I can get details if you want, because services like that are normally fairly expensive. The electronic copies are them distributed to all the kids and grandkids, and it's awesome!

I'm glad you saved those from the capricious whims of destructive cleaning!  ;D
 

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Re: "The time has come," the Walrus said
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2020, 07:47:57 pm »
Dyany, I'd love to know the information about the slides!
 

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Re: "The time has come," the Walrus said
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2020, 10:57:18 pm »
OK I've asked my parents. I'm afraid I don't remember the exact details, but they should. I'll let you know what I find out!
 

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Re: "The time has come," the Walrus said
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2020, 11:30:29 pm »
Well no slides, they're still in my dad's storage shed and Willcox, Arizona, but I found six Books of Remembrance in there. One of them takes my mother's line back to 1575!  So Sundays I spend my time going over Family Search and seeing if what's on Family Search matches up to what I've got on paper.
 
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