However, looking at dad's love letters to mom (see my Valentine's Day post) got me feeling nostaligc and that feeling prompted me to haul those plastic boxes out from under my bed.
What treasures they contain !
|My maternal grandma and grandpa|
Bert and Sybil Tupman
February 8, 1915
Right now I'm feeling overwhelmed and regretful and excited. Quite the emotional mix. Overwhelmed -- because it's hard to know where to start. Regretful -- because so many pictures hold images of people I can't identify. I keep wanting to call mom to ask who these people are. But mom died in 2007 and I didn't take the opportunity to talk to her about them while she was alive.
And excited -- because I have started.
|A lovely sketch by my grandpa, Bert Tupman, from his school-boy days circa 1907.|
I don't know how to organize the information I am gathering. There aren't just photos but six school sketch books of work by my granda Bert Tupman, a piece of fretwork by his father, James and several birth, death and marriage certificates.
|Grandpa Bert Tupman's birth certificate.|
I know I want to do a family tree. Other family members have already collected some of this information and I need to assimilate that. I thought I'd use WORD to create the tree but that didn't work, then I switched to EXCEL but no luck there either. Right now using small recipe cards to get a sense of who begat whom.
I found this weathered newspaper artcle from 1925 about my Great grandfather leaving his stationmaster's job in Yeovil, Somerset. With some difficulty I transcribed the article and saved it in WORD.
OMG ! I just realized something.
All this stuff just relates to the Tupman side of the family. But there are three other sides to be sorted out!
I'm gonna need more index cards !