A sampling of my ephemera collection.
Over the holidays, my 14yo daughter was watching me do my spontaneous ephemera mystery tweet-a-thon, or whatever you wanna call it. I had visited the antique store [again] and had purchased ephemera that had some identifiers / clues on them. [Again.] I do it all the time actually. I buy other family's stuff, try to identify it and the story behind it, and try to see if a descendant or family member is looking for their ancestor online, then try to reconnect the two. Why? I dunno. Obviously I have a problem. I just know how happy I'd be if someone were to email me and say, "Hey, is this yours?" and it turn out to be a photo of my 2nd great-grandmother, Annie O'Brien. I'd finally be able to find out if I have her to blame for my freckles.
Anywho. My daughter said, "Mom, you should, like, give this thing its own site, make it a 48 hour challenge, and get everybody to work on it together. And you could call it The 48 Hour Ephemera Challenge."
This. This is why I had children. So I don't have to come up with all the brilliant ideas. <grin>
I know a lot of you are like me. You like a good mystery. You like things our ancestors left behind. And you love a good story.
Voila! Here's the forum: http://48hourephemerachallenge.lefora.com/_
It's not perfect. And I'll be fixing it up as we go. But I wanted to start as quickly as possible. I've a stack of people's dreams, hopes, fears, and stories. And they're fading fast. Can you identify them?
So. Welcome, to The 48-Hour Ephemera Challenge Forum, where a new ephemera piece is posted every Friday night, and you have 48 hours to work with others in a forum atmosphere to figure out the story behind the piece using clues from the piece and online resources.
That's it in a nutshell. It's a game. We're gonna have hands on learning with using online resources. It's a game. We're gonna meet a cousin or two hopefully. It's a game. We're gonna solve ephemera mysteries. It's a game. We're gonna learn from each other. It's a game. We're gonna learn how to take our online research and get it to the point of offline research. It's a game. We're gonna hopefully reunite descendants with their ancestors' ephemera. It's a game. We're gonna find family stories. It's a game.
But most importantly? We're gonna have fun. Genealogy-style.
Sometime on late Friday afternoons, I will blog a post announcing the new ephemera piece here on 4YourFamilyStory.com. You can either follow the link on my blog [there's a tab for it now on the menu], or you can check the 48 Hour Ephemera Challenge Forum on Friday's. When you see it, get started.
The following will be the instructions posted with every piece:
Then, we can start looking up information on the internet. When you do find something on the internet include the following in your post to the forum:
Note: We aren't going to research offline, but I want us to get to that point and figure out where we might look if we were to go offline. Archives, library, courthouse, etc.
Y'all ready to find some family stories? You've been challenged. ;)