As much fun as I had last night scanning in old slides from my childhood, I think that I’m having even more fun today.

I pulled out a box of negatives – many of which I’ve never seen the pictures to.  They are a larger format than my scanner takes (it is made for 35mm film), but I was able to fit them in anyway.  The only problem is that I can’t scan the entire picture in at one time.  It’s fine as long as the picture isn’t a close up and there isn’t anything important around the edges.

I have noticed that I seem to scan them in upside down about 75% of the time.  All of the letters/numbers in my pictures are backwards.  I suppose I should take my time and do it again the correct way.  Now that I own the scanner, I can do that.  I was just too excited to take my time this scanning session.  I wanted to see what I had!

I just wanted to cry when I saw some of these pictures though.  Like this one of my grandfather:

And this one of my grandmother:

I’ll be sharing more of my great finds over the coming weeks!

  • Jo Graham - December 12, 2010 - 11:01 am

    Jen, I’m sure you will find loads more lovely surprises in your stack of negatives. Your grandmother looks so happy and your grandfather looks so cooool! :-)ReplyCancel

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December 10 – Christmas Gifts
What were your favorite gifts, both to receive and to give? Are there specific gift-giving traditions among your family or ancestors?

I must have been quite the nerd as a kid.  I know it.  I suppose I still am.:)

One of the gifts that I remember as being amongst my favorite was a full-sized globe that had a light in it.  I seriously thought that was the coolest thing on earth.  Come to think of it, I wish I still had it.  I’d plug it in right now and stare at all of the places I want to travel.:)

As I got a bit older, I always did the shopping with my mom and most of the surprise gifts were gone.  I was usually there when she bought my present. :)No anticipation for Christmas Day, huh?  I guess that’s what happens when you’re the oldest.  You get recruited into shopping and present wrapping and envelope addressing duty.

  • Harry - December 10, 2010 - 7:52 am

    I too like Globes as gifts. It remains useful as well…ReplyCancel

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I bought myself what I wanted for Christmas – a slide scanner.  I couldn’t put it under the tree and wait the next few weeks before I got a chance to use it.

Why wait?  If you didn’t know it already, I can be very impatient.:)

Later I’ll write a post on the model I bought and what I think of it.  I had it up and running very quickly.

And I have been finding such great pictures amongst these piles of slides.  Stuff I haven’t seen in years.  Stuff I had forgotten.

Like my 2nd birthday party, complete with Bert & Ernie cake.

Or my 3rd.  Gotta love Snoopy.

Or my 8th with a Care Bear cake.  I’m rockin’ that side ponytail.  Love the jelly bracelets all the way up my arm too.

I even found an embarrassing one of me powdering our entire bathroom.

And a great one of my brother!

And here is my other brother with a giant zucchini!

I am having so much fun!!!

  • Amy Coffin - December 10, 2010 - 11:47 am

    These photos rock. You made me laugh, especially the powder incident. I plan on scanning photos when I visit my parents over Christmas. Thanks to your post, I’m really looking forward to this. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 10, 2010 - 12:52 pm

      Have fun!!! I hope you find some good ones!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - December 10, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    Great pictures! Can’t wait to hear about the scanner. We’ve boxes and boxes of slides sitting in a closet to tackle…ReplyCancel

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I’ve been waiting on a death certificate for the final proof for my DAR packet.  I needed something that listed Matilda Jane Brittain’s parents and I had been hoping for her death certificate.  I can get it, but it’s going to take some waiting.

Lucky me, I got a present in the mail the other day.  A marriage record for Matilda’s second marriage, to Jasper Marion Miller.  It lists both of her parents!!!

Now I need to get all of my papers together and see if I can finally get this thing submitted!

  • Wendy Brittain - December 9, 2010 - 7:45 pm

    Hooray!!! Hopefully, we can both be accepted in February. Congrats on finding your missing piece. =)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - December 9, 2010 - 8:41 pm

    Wonderful!! Congrats!! I’m stuck in the early 1800s trying to make some connections. I’m hoping to hit the books hard during Christmas break to make some connections.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Norris - October 6, 2012 - 10:09 pm

    Did you ever get Matilda’s death certificate? I am related to Jasper Marion Miller. My husband may be related to Matilda and we are trying to chase that connection. It would be great if you could help. Thanks.ReplyCancel

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I have no idea when this picture was taken.  I actually don’t even know who is in it, but I am guessing that it is either Melhus or Sanchez family.  I think that the man on the right looks like he may have been a Melhus – one of Patricia Melhus Sanchez’s brothers.  This is purely speculation though.

Look at all of the tinsel on the tree!!

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