Recently my mother-in-law passed on a huge batch of photos, documents and miscellaneous items to us.
These items (including a wedding dress from 1943) appear to have come down through the generations from my husband's great-grandmother Mary Louisa Facey (1882-1973). Mary married William Elgie in 1904.
One small album has Mary's name in the inside cover. But this batch of miscellaneous items came from Mary's daughter Florence Hooper. After Florence died many of her family papers went to her niece Roberta, my mother-in-law's cousin.
The items may go back more generations; I won't know until I do an inventory. I did spot some photos of Mary's parents and grandparents so it's going to be fun going through everything.
I've only had a quick glance - to be honest, the sheer number of items is overwhelming - but I did spot photos taken in the 1920s. At this point I have not decided whether or not to just jump in with the one photo album (top right of the image on the left) or do a complete inventory first. If I start with that photo album I can begin publishing the photos here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog. The few photos I removed out of curiousity are all identified on the back. What a treasure trove!
So dear readers, what do you think? Should I dive in or should I methodically inventory each item first? And what on earth do we do with that 1943 wedding dress? Hubs wanted to take it to a seamstress and have little drawstring bags or cushion covers made from it. I would rather donate it to our local theatre group. Let me know what you think!