Project that won't die
What happens to families when the last member dies? When all that is left are the photographs and the census data?
Entry to our ground-floor walk-in closet is blocked by a big box of 250 photographs of the Sackett-Mason family of Fredonia NY. They got into Jim's hands when they were rescued from the dump in 1979 -- when the last family member in Fredonia NY died off. He spent countless fascinated hours pouring over them and piecing together the family tree.
I got involved with them in 2005 -- scanned every photo and did more family history. Wrote a web entry or two. Pondered writing books, producing videos, slide shows... But WHAT IS THE STORY THAT MUST BE TOLD? I don't know.
I took out my folder on them yesterday. I have lots of notes. I started to write the bullet points about why these photographs and this family are worth looking at. But I can't get past the question WHO CARES? Who is the audience?
The collection needs a good home. But I can't seem to let them go if they are just going to collect dust in the back room of a historical society. Someone needs to care...