Amazingly, as it has happened almost every time in the past, some random event has once again lit that fire deep down inside of me that fuels my passion for tracing my family roots. This time, the inspiration came very unexpectedly and almost not at all.
One of my relatives has moved into a much smaller home and as a result, the old house and many possessions needed to be taken care of. To make a long story short, many items from the house ended up in an online auction. My siblings and I all decided that there were certain things we would probably bid on because we had memories of them, or we had at least a strong idea of where they may have come from. One item that I almost missed was an old bible. Actually, I have to admit that I DID miss it the first time through - it was my wife who brought the item to my attention.
Since the pictures of the bible on the auction website showed that the bible had been given to my great great grandmother by her husband, I decided that I would try to buy it to keep it in the family. I set my limit, and away we went. Over the course of the 5 day on-line auction, I was outbid several times. I almost gave up because the price was getting pretty close to what I thought I should reasonably spend. After all, if it really had any importance, it wouldn't have made it into the auction, right? So I set one more upper limit and let it ride. As luck would have it, the person I had been bidding against apparently had a lower upper limit than I did, and I ended up winning the auction.
And thank God I did!!!!
Okay, before I go further, it's confession time - when I was bidding, I have to admit that I never actually LOOKED at the dimensions of the bible. If I had, I wouldn't have been so surprised when this box arrived on my doorstep.
My first thought was "Wow, that's an awfully big box to ship a bible in." Then, I opened the box and quickly realized that I had nearly passed up a genuine family heirloom and family history treasure!
|That's no "small" bible!|
|Look at the SIZE of that book!|
These are pictures of the bible sitting next to a regular sized bible. As you can see, the gigantic box was absolutely necessary because this is no "regular" bible! Even with the size, I never expected to find what I have inside - there are clippings from family events, a school certificate for one of my great great aunts, and in the back...oh wow! There are three pages with old tintype photographs in them!
|One of the pages of tintype photos|
Unfortunately, at this point I have no idea who the people in most of the photographs are, so I'll have to do some research there.
Needless to say, this bible has re-ignited that genealogy fire deep inside me, so it's time to dust off the records, fire up the computer and start digging up some roots once again!