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09
Oct

An Indian Patriarch on His Wedding Day in 1960

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16 June 1960, New Delhi, India. My handsome ‘nanaji’ (maternal grandfather) Amrik Singh Rana and his cousins on his wedding day. Nanaji, born during the British Raj in India, had a love for modernity. He always brought his daughters western outfits from his travels abroad and had the sweetest curiosity for his grandchildren’s new gadgets […]

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06
Oct

Memories from Family Road Trips

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The best road trips are the ones that lead us to our simplest memories. Family road trip, circa 1966. Our car is packed, looks like a bicycle and stroller are also strapped to the roof. Two large plaid suitcases, and possibly a child’s playpen, fill the back of the wagon. A wooden birdhouse is strapped […]

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18
Sep

How to Be a Good Steward of Family Stories: a Professional Archivist’s Perspective on Estate Planning

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As the youngest of four children, with almost a decade between myself and the next oldest, I have always been fascinated with figuring out what went on in my family before my arrival. I vividly remember childhood afternoons spent poking through drawers, reading letters and poring over boxes and albums of photographs. As obsessed as I […]

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15
Sep

Old Polaroid Snapshots Show my Grandmother’s Spunk and Strength

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This is my Grandma Charlotte in 1968. Eleven years earlier, when she was still in high school, she got pregnant with my mom. Two years later, she had my uncle. When she was 22, their father left and she became a single mother. . Their lives were hard but she never gave up and she […]

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30
Aug

Mysterious Picture Found In an Attic Reveals the Truth about a World Champion Grandpa

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Many years after my grandfather and his second wife passed away, their house in the country stood abandoned and vandalized. Up in the attic, I found a lot of photos. In one particular box, I found a gold medal from 1948 and this photograph. My grandfather is the dapper guy on the left. When I […]

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25
Aug

Jack and Sugar: a Vintage Love Story for All Ages

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Jack Seitz and Charlotte Forbes were voted the best couple during high school. Just one year later, they eloped to Niagara Falls because Charlotte’s daddy, who was a Lutheran minister, did not approve of Jack’s Catholic background and refused to let them marry. One of the things I will always remember about my grandparents is […]

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02
Aug

Your Story is the Greatest Legacy You Will Leave

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“Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave…it’s the longest-lasting legacy you leave.” ~Steve Saint . Thinking of my parents as we remember and celebrate my dad, who passed away ten years ago. We honor his legacy on his tenth anniversary in heaven. . I love how happy my mom and dad are […]

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28
Jul

A Single Snapshot Captures a Friendship that Spanned Generations

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Some flashbacks are better than others, especially when they bring back memories of dear friends and family. . Here I am in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Alverno College. I’m on the left, my mom is on the right. One of my mom’s best friends, Sister Andre, is front and center. During her college years at Marquette […]

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26
Jun

Who Else Wants Some Good News about those Boxes of Deteriorating Family Photos?

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It’s a unique mix of magic and anxiety. It’s a moment of truth. It’s a feeling unlike any other. It’s an experience called NOSTALGIA. When we discover old family photos, we are given a passport to a place called memory. This experience is powerful – everyone can relate to it. Have you ever opened a closet in your parents’ […]

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19
Jun

The inspiring story of how a little boy’s question sparked a photo scanning app with millions of downloads

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Dad, where are your old photos?  On a warm summer afternoon, a 6 year-old boy in Tel Aviv, Israel asked his father, “Dad, I’d like to see what you looked like as a kid. Can you show me some pictures?” At once Yair was filled with nostalgia, but also dread. Although he knew old photos of him […]

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