I also have found (and several times paid highly for) some old Bibles that I was
able to return to their families. Kudos to this man!It would be
marvelous if he would photograph the genealogical information contained in his
1000 Bibles and post it somewhere that others descended from those families
could find it. If I lived closer, I'd volunteer to do do the photography
and transcription. I'd then create new individuals in Ancestry.com or in
Family Search (or both) and upload the images with those people.Thank you, Sir, for your kind work!
Great story - great quest to return Bibles to families. Would have been
nice to know of this "open house" before it happened and not after it
When I read this article, I smiled! I have begun a "rescue mission" of
my own to collect all the Family History stories of our own and our ancestors
for our posterity. Luckily over the years, I have produced many documents
preserving these stories. They are a treasure. I can't imagine anyone
tossing them aside, but priorities differ with some people. I think we are each
a little bit of those who have gone before, and it is our sacred duty to
preserve these stories. Someone, somewhere will be lifted and life blessed by
reading them.A wise man at the Family History Library told me that
if these stories are not preserved, they can be lost in 3 generations. That
motivates me to keep working hard on this very important task.
thank you for the story
What a great story!
Why wouldn't someone want to keep an old family Bible?Lots of
reasons that we don't have the right to judge the family for. Don't
you know how often elderly people die and someone is hired to come in and clear
out their hoard? Sure the obvious things like furniture and other visible
antiques are sometimes held onto, but family Bibles are often stored away. The
only way you find them is if you know they are there and where exactly they
are.We tend to look at things like this with our rose-colored
glasses. I personally would never throw something like this out. But many people
don't value family history the way we do, just like I don't value a
lot of things others do. There are things I would throw out in a heartbeat that
others wouldn't dream of. What if someone dies and there are no
descendants? What if the descendants are not in a position to be able to take
care of something like a family Bible? The bottom line is sometimes
family heirlooms end up on the trash heap or in the thrift store. It happens.
Thankfully there are those who do something about it. We can each be that guy in
some way or another and not just complain about it.