Since I still had some energy left, I thought about my genealogy files. They occupy most of a drawer in the file cabinet, and they're in NO order at all.
When Larry first got me interested, I started printing info as soon as I found it online--"HEY! This is US--I need a copy of it!" Not to mention tons of copies from research trips to the Weyerhaeuser in Little Falls or to the History Museum in St Paul. Naturally, EVERYTHING had to be copied...and subsequently, stored.
And you're right--I haven't looked at/needed that stuff in years, either. It's all online, but the hard copies simply can't be tossed. I just can't. They're too precious. Sigh. For instance, the first folder contains:
- a copy of the last will and testament of Mathias Hesch (GGrandpa Paul's brother);
- the two SCTimes "local history" issues published on their 150th anniversary as a newspaper;
- a 3 page-taped together copy of the marriage license of Peter Sandt and Angelique Stoltz in May, 1848;
- a scan of a letter from my daughter-in-law's grandmother about their family;
- a bunch of family group sheets (Muellers, Otrembas, Dehlers, Hortschs)
- Dad's "Farm and Home Management Plan" from--wow, he tried to make the Dropps farm work, in 1939? I've looked at that file before, but never saw the "G.Dropps farm" designation. It says "Buckwheat 30 acres, corn 20 acres, hay 60 acres". As of December 15, 1940, he had 3 work horses, 2 cows, a tractor plow, corn planter, set of harnesses, and a Chevy Coupe....
There were two kids in that generation named John Peter Sand...one was Mike Sand's brother, the other was their cousin, son of Paul Sand and Katherina Didier...and the birth of one is paired with the wife and death of the other. Argh. How much energy do I have left? Nope, not enough.
New Munich cemetery list, with Paul & Katherina's grave.