Family History Discoveries
Preserving cherished memories is something countless people seek to do. Some like to compile a record of their own lives, while others seek out little-known ancestors.
Those who accumulate pieces of their own history love to recall fun times at Grandma's house, their unique vacation trips, possibly a loyal pet, or maybe their first car.
Their recollections also include remembering the street they lived on—where all the kids in the neighborhood played group games after dinner. They recall the old two-story elementary school, the excitement of summer picnics at a favorite spot up the canyon, and the dog that followed them everywhere. Then there was the car they learned to drive in—the one with the stick shift.
On the other hand, for those seeking little-known ancestors, few discoveries are more exciting than finding a long-sought-after name in an aging registry.
Unless it's learning unknown facts about him or her: What did he do for a living? Was he a cobbler? A farmer? A shopkeeper? Did he get an education?
What were her hobbies? Did she love to read (like I do)? Did she look forward to dressing up in her finest? Was she a good dancer? How did the two of them meet?
For both those recalling personal memories and the ancestor-seekers, the best record is still pictures. Nothing else captures memories of new-found information so vividly. And, since old photos are often torn or faded and can no longer stand exposure to sunlight and dust, transforming them into original oil paintings (like the 20 featured on the GALLERY page) turns priceless memories into permanent treasures.